TABLE 5

Parents' Vaccination Attitudes According to Type of Vaccine Schedule Used

Vaccination AttitudeProportion Agree/Strongly Agree, %a
Alternative ScheduleRegular Schedule
Allowing parents to delay vaccine doses or skip some vaccines lets parents be more in charge of their children's health care8549
Delaying vaccine doses is safer for children than providing them according to the CDC-recommended vaccination schedule8218
Delaying vaccine doses is associated with fewer vaccination side effects than providing them according to the CDC-recommended vaccination schedule8225
Allowing parents to delay vaccine doses or skip certain vaccines lets parents avoid those vaccines that aren't really necessary7629
Parents who skip certain vaccines are relying on other people in the community being vaccinated to protect their unvaccinated children from getting sick3066
When parents skip certain vaccines for their children, these children are more likely to get sick and to spread infections to other people2877
If vaccination experts recommend a certain schedule, then this is the best schedule to follow2578
Parents who delay vaccine doses are relying on other people in the community being vaccinated to protect their unvaccinated children from getting sick2563
When parents delay vaccine doses for their children, these children are more likely to get sick and to spread infections to other people1965
  • a Weighted proportions. All differences between parents using regular versus alternative schedules were statistically significant (P < .0001).