More than half of Americans concerned about vaccine safety

With California reporting more than 3,000 cases of whooping cough and sitting on the cusp of its worst whooping cough outbreak in 50 years, a new Rasmussen Reports study has shown that more than half of American adults are concerned about the safety of vaccinations.

Fifty-two percent of American adults, Rasmussen Reports says, consider themselves concerned with the safety of vaccines, while 27 percent of that number label themselves very concerned.

Only 44 percent of responders said that they are not concerned about the safety of vaccines for children, with 13 percent of that reported total saying they are not concerned at all of the safety of vaccines.

Almost one-third of adults with children under 18, or 32 percent, Rasmussen Reports says, are very concerned about vaccine safety.

Despite the numbers questioning the safety of vaccines, the survey showed that 92 percent of responders with children younger than 18 have had their children receive all of the vaccinations that he or she is supposed to have.

Those results are supported by a recent CDC survey of more than 20,000 teens between the ages of 13 and 17 that showed a slight increase in the percentage receiving vaccines.

The CDC survey showed that Tdap vaccinations were up about 15 percent to approximately 56 percent. and the use of meningococcal conjugate vaccine increased by approximately 12 points to 54 percent.