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Vaccine and Medication Safety are Parents' Top Research Priorities
Date:10/11/2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Each year, hundreds of millions of public and private dollars are spent on medical research to improve the health of children – yet parents have little input regarding how those dollars should be spent.

A poll released by the C.S. Mott Children's National Poll on Children's Health shows that nearly 9 in 10 parents rank vaccine safety, and the effectiveness and safety of medicines, as the most important topics in children's health research today.

The poll, which asked 1,621 parents age 18 and older in August 2010 to rate the importance of different types of medical research for children's health, found that parents rated the topics as follows:

  1. Vaccine safety (89 percent)
  2. Medication safety and effectiveness (88 percent)
  3. Things in the environment that could lead to health issues (72 percent)
  4. Foods that might protect against cancer (67 percent )
  5. New treatment for rare childhood diseases (66 percent)
  6. Cancer-causing foods (64 percent )
  7. New treatments for common childhood illnesses (64 percent)
  8. Leading causes of injuries (46 percent)

"In this poll, parents overwhelmingly see the need for research on the safety of vaccines and medications given to children," says Matthew Davis, M.D., director of the poll and associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the U-M Medical School. "Parental concerns about the safety of vaccines have increased markedly over the last decade, due to alleged but later disproven links between vaccines and autism and related concerns about mercury and other preservatives used in vaccines.

"Assurances from health care providers and government officials that vaccines are safe have been insufficient. Rather, it's clear from this poll that pare
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SOURCE C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
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