In a recent poll, the majority of physicians who were surveyed reported that opponents of the use of vaccines in children have contributed to the current measles outbreak and believed that unvaccinated children should not be allowed in public schools. The survey was conducted by the social network SERMO.

All physician members of the SERMO community were invited to participate in the survey, with over 3,000 votes submitted per poll question. Ninety-two percent of physician respondents (3,099) agreed that the current measles outbreak was attributable to opponents of vaccines, including parents who do not vaccinate their children. Of 3,114 respondents, 79% also felt that unvaccinated children should not be allowed to attend public schools except in cases of medical exemption.

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Some physicians also noted that they will no longer see patients who are unvaccinated. Linda Girgis, MD, a family practitioner based in New Jersey, stated that she will not accept a pediatric patient in her practice if the parents refuse to vaccine the child. Others expressed concerns about the potential spread of measles in practice waiting rooms due to unvaccinated children.

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