New data collected by the Pew Research Center show that 88% of Americans believe the health benefits of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination outweigh the risks, but there were significant differences among race, age, and education level—and a separate study highlights the impact of misinformation surrounding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Pew found that 69% of Americans consider the risk of side effects from the MMR vaccine to be either low or very low, roughly the same percentage reported in 2016, when Pew last surveyed public attitudes about the vaccine.

But 46% of black and 45% of Hispanic Americans rated the risk of side effects from the vaccine as at least medium, compared with 23% of white Americans, Pew said.

“Further, about a third of black adults (36%) see very high preventive health benefits from the vaccine, compared with 48% of Hispanic and 61% of white adults,” Pew said in a news release yesterday. “Since 2016, there has been no increase in the share of black Americans who see very high preventive health benefits from the vaccine, even as the shares who say this have increased among white Americans (61%, up from 50% in 2016).”

Credit: iStock, Manjurul

Credit: iStock, Manjurul

Education, income and MMR perceptions

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