Younger doctors less likely to believe vaccines effective

A study presented on Thursday at a meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America reported that younger doctors are less likely than their older peers to believe in the absolute effectiveness and safety of vaccines.
The study was comprised of survey data from 551 doctors and found that recent graduates from medical school were 15 percent less likely to believe vaccines are effective compared to older doctors, LATimes.com reports. The research suggests that younger doctors have a different view of the risk-versus-benefit profile of vaccines, such as the childhood vaccines for polio, varicella, measles, mumps and rubella.
The researchers said that the data results from the fact that some younger doctors belong to a generation of people who grew up with vaccinations and never experienced diseases like measles, chicken pox and polio.
Another study focused on 909 pediatricians from the Midwest found that parents are the mostly likely to refuse or postpone the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, the HPV vaccine and the flu vaccine, according to LATimes.com. The top three reasons parents deferred were fear of autism, too many shots and fears of serious side effects.

Nearly all the doctors polled said that they tried to educate parents and discuss their fears when the parent refused or delayed a vaccine for their child. The belief that autism can be caused by vaccines has long been discredited by scientific research.
Twenty-one percent of the doctors said they had dropped families from their practice for continuing to refuse vaccination. That number was as high as 38 percent in Iowa.