But parents also pay attention to government, celebrities and other parents
Posted: April 7, 2011
THURSDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) — For American parents, doctors are the most trusted source of information about the safety of children’s vaccines, a new study indicates.
Researchers conducted a national survey of 1,552 parents of children aged 17 and younger, and found that 76 percent said they trusted their child’s doctor “a lot” when it came to getting information about vaccine safety.
Other sources trusted “a lot” by parents included other health care providers (26 percent) and government vaccine experts/officials (23 percent).
Sources of information about vaccine safety that were trusted “some” included family and friends (67 percent) and parents who believe their child was harmed by a vaccine (65 percent).
Celebrities were trusted ” a lot” by only 2 percent of parents and “some” by 24 percent of parents, said the University of Michigan study, published online April 1 in the journal Pediatrics.
The researchers also found that mothers were more likely than fathers to have “a lot” or “some” trust in vaccine safety information from parents who believe their child was harmed by a vaccine, celebrities, TV shows, and news/magazine articles.
Also, white and Hispanic parents were more likely than black parents to trust family and friends “a lot” or “some,” and Hispanic parents were more likely than black or white parents to trust celebrities “a lot” or “some.”
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