77% of Americans say kids should get measles vaccine even if parents object

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults reveals that 85% of respondents believe all children should be required to get vaccinated against measles unless there is a medical reason not to, such as an allergy or compromised immune system.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults reveals that 85% of respondents believe all children should be required to get vaccinated against measles unless there is a medical reason not to, such as an allergy or compromised immune system. In addition, 77% said children should be immunized even if their parents object to the vaccinations. Less than 4% of respondents said they do not believe the vaccine is safe. The poll also revealed that 22% respondents said they either are not vaccinated against the disease or do not remember if they are. Physicians note that many adults were vaccinated as young children and might not have documentation. They recommend that adults who are unsure of their immunity should get tested and then get the vaccine if needed.