Forty per cent of Canadians believe science behind vaccinations isn’t clear: poll

The results of this poll are unfortunate. The science is clear. I believe the results of this poll are largely because of a decision error named racallability; Because this year’s flu vaccine wasn’t effective – folks believe that other vaccines are not effective.

National Post

Forty per cent of Canadians believe the science behind vaccinations isn’t clear, according to a new Angus Reid poll.

However, 88% of those surveyed said they still believe vaccines are effective at preventing disease in individuals and only slightly less — 86% — believe they prevent disease in the community as a whole.

The poll of 1,509 Canadian adults was conducted amid media coverage of measles outbreaks in California, Toronto and Quebec’s Lanaudière region, and growing criticism of parents who oppose vaccination.

Forty per cent of respondents agreed “the science on vaccinations isn’t quite clear;” and the survey revealed younger Canadians and those with children under 18 years old were among the least likely to feel confident about vaccines.

Forty-four per cent of respondents aged 18 to 34 agreed vaccines are very effective in preventing diseases; compared with 62% of those aged 55 and older. The younger respondents were also more…

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