According to a survey conducted by the University of Michigan, three out of four parents would consider taking their child out of day care if they knew other children attending had not been properly vaccinated. The survey included 614 parents of children under the age of five. Currently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports over 30 percent of two year olds to not have up-to-date vaccinations.
Sarah Clark, research scientist with the University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics, says,
If your kid starts day care at four months old and is up-to-date, that’s fantastic. But in two months, there’s another set of vaccines due, and four months after that, there’s another set.”
Additional highlights of the report include-
- Three-quarters of parents think daycare providers should check vaccination records every year.
- Two-thirds of parents think they should be informed of the number of children at the daycare center who are not up to date on vaccines
- 41 percent of parents support a policy to exclude undervaccinated kids from daycare until they become up to date.
The major takeaway of the study suggests parents need to ask daycare providers questions regarding the vaccination records of children at centers in order to determine their level of comfort for the environment they are putting their child in.
For the full report- click here.
For a full list of vaccines all children should have by the time they are 18 years old, click here.
Read more here- “Survey: 74% Might Pull Kids from Day Care Over Vaccinations,” (Jolie, Lee)
Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.