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CBOS: 93 percent Polish citizens believe that vaccination is the most effective protection measure

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93 percent of Polish citizens believe that vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from serious diseases. 90 percent are convinced that vaccination of children causes more good than harm, and 86% believe that vaccines are safe, according to a CBOS (Public Opinion Research Center) survey.

According to the information published on this week, 87 percent respondents believe that vaccination against the most dangerous infectious diseases should be mandatory. 9 percent respondents believe all vaccinations should be voluntary.

The study shows that those who think that vaccines are being promoted not because they are needed, but because it is in the interest of pharmaceutical companies are a minority (22 percent), as are respondents who think that vaccines for children they can cause serious developmental disorders (18%).

The CBOS survey shows that opinions on vaccination are weakly diverse socially. In all analysed socio-demographic groups, the vast majority of respondents believe that vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from serious diseases, vaccines are safe, and vaccinating children causes more good than harm.

Slightly more socially diverse is the view that vaccination is promoted mainly because it is in the interest of pharmaceutical companies. This view is more popular among respondents aged 45-54 (26%), residents of cities with the population from 20,000 to less than 100,000 (28%), respondents with basic vocational education (27%), per capita income from PLN 1,300 to PLN 1,799 (28%), and taking into account political views - respondents identifying themselves with the right (28%).

More often than others, 25-34 years old people (72%), university graduates (76%), respondents with the highest per capita income (78%) and those with leftist political views (75%) do not agree with this view.

CBOS notes that the attitude of Polish citizens to vaccinations improved markedly over the last five years, and a particularly significant improvement took place over the last year and a half.

Compared to July 2017, the percentage of respondents believing that vaccinations are safe clearly increased (by 13 percentage points) as did the percentage of those, who negate the statement that vaccination may cause serious development disorders (by 14 points). There are also more respondents who believe that vaccinations are the most effective way to protect against serious diseases (7 points increase) and that vaccinating children causes more good than harm (5 points increase). The percentage of respondents who object to the opinion that vaccination is promoted mainly because it is in the interest of pharmaceutical companies is also higher (16 points increase).

More often than a year and a half ago, people in Poland believe that vaccinations against the most dangerous infectious diseases should be obligatory (87%, an increase by 7 percentage points), and they less often opt for voluntary vaccination (a drop by 3 points to 9%). There are also fewer respondents who do not have an opinion on this subject (a drop by 3 points).

The survey "Current problems and events" was conducted by means of direct computer-assisted interviews, between 29 November and 9 December 2018, on a representative random sample of 942 adult residents of Poland. (PAP)

Author: Katarzyna Lechowicz-Dyl

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