PPT PowerPoint slide Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell has said the FDA will not ban vaccines made by pharmaceutical companies because the government “does not endorse the use of religion as a rationale for medical interventions.”
But a new survey by the Associated Press shows Americans’ faith in vaccines may be hurting them.
Nearly half of respondents who responded to the poll said they were not religious at all, compared with only a third who said they are.
A third said they have no religious affiliation.
Religious people are less likely to believe in a vaccine’s safety and efficacy than nonreligious people.
And in a poll of 1,002 adults conducted by Public Policy Polling in May, 57 percent of respondents said they believe that vaccines cause autism, compared to 45 percent who said that they did not.
The survey of 3,074 adults conducted Oct. 31-Nov. 2 also found that 61 percent of those surveyed said they thought vaccines are a good idea.
A recent Gallup poll found that only 31 percent of Americans say vaccines are effective, compared for the most part to 52 percent who say they are not.
Americans are less concerned about the safety of vaccines than they were just a decade ago, when more than half of them said they believed vaccines were safe.
But more Americans are now expressing concern about vaccines than a decade earlier.
About a third of Americans said they did or said they had a “very unfavorable” opinion of vaccines, according to the new survey.
The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research surveyed 1,007 adults from Nov. 18 to Nov. 23.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.