Parents see need for vaccinations but fail to get them, survey shows

According to a survey by the American Osteopathic Association, the majority of parents see the importance in making sure their children ages 13 to 17 are current on national recommendations for vaccinations but are failing to do so.
The survey also showed that there is a significant difference between the perceived importance and whether their children were fully vaccinated. The largest difference was for the human papillomavirus vaccine. Approximately 65 percent of parents said that it is important for their children to be vaccinated for HPV, but only about 34 percent said that their children are.
This discrepancy can also be found with the other vaccinations that were addressed in the survey. Approximately 90 percent of parents said it was important for their children to be vaccinated for meningitis though only approximately 61 percent said their children had received the vaccine. For Hepatitis B, 88 percent who said the vaccination was important compared to 73 percent who had their children vaccinated.
Concern about health risks or allergies associated with vaccines was the top reason parents gave as to why they might feel it is unimportant for their teens to be current on vaccinations. Another common reason for not vaccinating was that the condition was not considered a serious health threat.
"It's understandable that parents might be concerned about potential allergies from vaccines," Stanley E. Grogg, a liaison for the AOA to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, said. "But in most cases the benefit of vaccinations to help prevent your child from getting any of these diseases outweighs the harm."
The survey was conducted from September 28 to October 1, with a total of 1,034 respondents completing the survey online.