New survey shows misinformation erodes credibility of immunizations.
Public confidence in the safety of vaccines appears to be declining.
A majority of people still believe immunizations are safe for patients. But the percentage has decreased over the last three years or so, according to a new survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
The number of Americans who think vaccines approved for use in the United State are safe was 71% last month, down from 77% in April 2021. The percentage of adults who don’t think vaccines are safe grew from 9% to 16% in the same time.
“There are warning signs in these data that we ignore at our peril,” survey director Kathleen Hall Jamieson said in a news release. Jamieson also is director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. “Growing numbers now distrust health-protecting, life-saving vaccines.”
The study was titled “Vaccine Confidence Falls as Belief in Health Misinformation Grows.” Among the highlights:
The Annenberg Center figures were published a day before AMGA, the American Medical Group Association, announced results halfway through its Rise to Immunize campaign for adult patients. The four-year effort is promoting four inoculations: flu; pneumococcal pneumonia; Td/Tdap for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; and zoster.
Participating medical groups and health systems have documented more than 11.93 million vaccines in the first two years. The goal is to reach 25 million shots by 2025.
The results so far are impressive, AMGA Chief Medical Officer and AMGA Foundation President John Kennedy, MD, said in a news release. AMGA members “are moving the needle to decrease the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States,” he said.