Parents Want Strong Vaccine Policies for Kids in Day Care

Parents Want Children in Day Care to Be Vaccinated
Parents Want Children in Day Care to Be Vaccinated

(HealthDay News) — Three-quarters of American parents would consider removing their children from day care if other children did not have all the recommended vaccinations, and many say that under-vaccinated children shouldn't be allowed to attend day care, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

Parents of children up to 5 years old were asked how they would respond if 25 percent of children in their day care center were not up to date on vaccines, which mirrors the actual situation in the United States. Seventy-four percent of parents said they would think about removing their children from the day care center. And 52 percent "strongly agreed" and 22 percent "agreed" that day care providers should review children's immunization status every year to ensure they have received all the recommended vaccinations.

Forty-one percent of parents said under-vaccinated children should not be allowed to attend day care, 28 percent supported a grace period to get those children vaccinated, and 21 percent would insist that parents of those children get a waiver from the child's doctor. Only 10 percent of parents believed a child should be allowed to attend day care if he or she was not up-to-date on vaccines. Two-thirds of parents said they should be told the number of children in their day care center who are not up-to-date on vaccines, but only 25 percent said they should be given those children's names.

While all states require vaccines for children who attend day care, some don't require those children to have every vaccine recommended between birth to 5 years of age. "Results of this poll indicate that most parents want strong policies around making sure children in day care are up-to-date on vaccines," Sarah Clark, M.P.H., associate director of the poll and associate research scientist in the university's pediatrics department, said in a university news release.

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