48% of physicians say stricter requirements needed to boost vaccination rates

Nearly half of physicians say stricter vaccine requirements are the most effective way to boost immunization rates, according to SERMO data emailed to Becker's.

For the poll, SERMO asked 194 physicians to share their thoughts on vaccine requirements between Feb. 11-21.

Three survey findings:

1. Ninety-four percent of physicians said parents/guardians should be required to vaccinate their healthy children against diseases like mumps, measles, rubella and polio.

2. Ninety percent of physicians also said children should be prohibited from school or daycare activities if they are not vaccinated.

3. Physicians cited stricter vaccine requirements as the best way to address low vaccination rates (48 percent), followed by boosting vaccine education (31 percent), creating an immunization registry (15 percent) and offering free vaccines to school-age children (6 percent).

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