Posted February 09, 2019 10:53:08 There is a wide array of health belief models and they all vary, but some of them hold the same underlying premise: “We believe that certain diseases are caused by toxins that can be removed by using proper medical treatments, like vaccines, to eliminate the cause of disease.”
So the question is, “What does it mean to believe in that?”
A recent study conducted by The University of Chicago’s Department of Health Communication found that about half of the people surveyed believe that there is a link between vaccinations and a number of illnesses and disorders, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and cancer.
The other half of respondents believe that vaccines are not necessary for these diseases, and are not linked to them.
While this may sound like a lot of people to some, the vast majority of Americans have no connection to vaccines at all.
A large survey conducted by Gallup found that just 28 percent of Americans believe that “vaccines have been shown to reduce the incidence of certain diseases.”
The vast majority, however, believe that the science behind vaccines is “consistent with the scientific community.”
A 2016 poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 72 percent of all respondents believe vaccines are “necessary,” with just 8 percent disagreeing.
A Gallup poll from 2017 found that 71 percent of respondents “support” and 24 percent “strongly” support the “mandatory vaccination” of all Americans.
But not everyone agrees with the idea that vaccines have been proven to work.
In a 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center, 48 percent of those surveyed said they believe that their government is not doing enough to prevent certain diseases.
And a 2014 poll by the Gallup Organization found that “almost half” of Americans support “the death penalty for those convicted of certain crimes.”
In fact, it’s estimated that nearly half of Americans oppose capital punishment.
As Americans are becoming increasingly less comfortable with the medical and scientific evidence surrounding vaccines, some believe that this could be the beginning of the end of their belief in vaccines.