Survey shows persisting fears among parents over autism

October 7, 2008

A small but significant percentage of US adults believe that child vaccines are a cause of autism, survey results show.

A small but significant percentage of US adults believe that child vaccines are a cause of autism, survey results show.

In a survey of 1,000 randomly selected adults conducted by the Florida Institute of Technology, 24% of respondents said that because vaccines may cause autism, it was safer not to have children vaccinated. An additional 19% were unsure regarding the link between child vaccines and autism.

Furthermore, 76% of respondents believe that scientists are not precisely sure about what causes autism.

Results of the survey were released at the Florida Insitute of Technology's 2008 Autism Conference on October 3.