75 Percent of Expectant Mothers Will Vaccinate

Three quarters of expectant mothers say they plan to follow the recommendations of their doctors on childhood vaccinations, a new study shows.

The study also found, however, that 10.5 percent plan to spread out the recommended immunization schedule and 4 percent are planning to have their child receive some but not all of the recommended vaccinations. The remaining mothers, 10.5 percent, were undecided on the schedule as of their second trimester of pregnancy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led study was designed to explore beliefs about vaccinations and did not include expectant mothers who were planning to forgo all recommended vaccines, a group that is estimated to be around 1 percent of all parents.

Nearly all expectant mothers believed immunizations were important (25 percent) or very important (59.5 percent) for keeping children healthy.