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TABLE 2

Parental Concerns About Vaccines

Vaccine safety 
 Too many vaccines 
 Development of autism 
 Vaccine additives (thimerosal, aluminum) 
 Overload the immune system 
 Serious adverse reactions 
 Potential for long-term adverse events 
 Inadequate research performed before licensure 
 May cause pain to the child 
 May make the child sick 
Necessity of vaccines 
 Disease is more “natural” than vaccine 
 Parents do not believe diseases being prevented are serious 
 Vaccine-preventable diseases have disappeared 
 Not all vaccines are needed 
 Vaccines do not work 
Freedom of choice 
 Parents have the right to choose whether to immunize their child 
 Parents know what’s best for their child 
 Believe that the risks outweigh the benefits of vaccine 
 Do not trust organized medicine, public health 
 Do not trust government health authorities 
 Do not trust pharmaceutical companies 
 Ethical, moral, or religious reasons 
Vaccine safety 
 Too many vaccines 
 Development of autism 
 Vaccine additives (thimerosal, aluminum) 
 Overload the immune system 
 Serious adverse reactions 
 Potential for long-term adverse events 
 Inadequate research performed before licensure 
 May cause pain to the child 
 May make the child sick 
Necessity of vaccines 
 Disease is more “natural” than vaccine 
 Parents do not believe diseases being prevented are serious 
 Vaccine-preventable diseases have disappeared 
 Not all vaccines are needed 
 Vaccines do not work 
Freedom of choice 
 Parents have the right to choose whether to immunize their child 
 Parents know what’s best for their child 
 Believe that the risks outweigh the benefits of vaccine 
 Do not trust organized medicine, public health 
 Do not trust government health authorities 
 Do not trust pharmaceutical companies 
 Ethical, moral, or religious reasons 
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