According to a survey conducted by Mainstreet Technologies, parents who are “anti-vaccination”, are unlikely to vaccinate their children, regardless of recent small outbreaks that have prompted concern.
In fact, of the 1,013 Canadians who reported not vaccinating their child between the ages of one to 14, approximately 79 per cent of them stated that it’s “not at all likely” that their children would be vaccinated. This comes after several cases of measles have surfaced across Canada, with 10 in the city of Toronto in the past month.
Additionally, of those surveyed, six per cent said that it is moderately or completely likely they would treat their child, with five per cent claiming that it is “slightly-likely” they would use vaccinations and four per cent stating that they would most likely seek vaccination if needed.
“Despite the fact that measles has regularly been in the news over the past two months, nearly 80 per cent of respondents still say they are not at all likely to vaccinate their children. This is a continuing problem for those who cannot be vaccinated and depend on herd immunity for coverage,” stated Mainstreet Technologies President Quito Maggi in a press release following the poll.
According to Mainstreet Technologies, Alberta was the strongest against with 89 per cent choosing not likely to treat their child, Prairie provinces came in at a close second with 82 per cent and Ontario at 81 per cent.
Mainstreet Technologies not only gauged the changing opinion of parents who refuse vaccinations to their children, they also surveyed what the reasons for not treating their children with vaccinations and found that, 65 per cent listed health concerns as the main reason for abstaining with 19 per cent claiming religious reasons and eight per cent citing philosophical differences. Two per cent of parents even claimed they are unsure why they had not vaccinated their children.