A majority of Americans support Measles vaccine, survey indicates

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC) – Last year, the country experienced the worst measles outbreak in over a quarter of a century. But new data shows that most Americans are supportive of the vaccine that could have prevented it.

Experts from the Pew Research Center surveyed over 3,600 adults, and 88% said the MMR vaccine’s benefits outweighed the risks. Nearly 70% considered its side effects to be either low or very low.

Also, over 80% supported the vaccine to be required in order for children to attend public schools. Only 16% felt that the decision should be left to the parents.

African-Americans, Hispanics, and parents with a child under the age of 18 were less likely to hold positive views about the vaccine.

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