WESTERN NEW YORK – A new global survey found that people in high-income countries have the lowest confidence in vaccines.
A UK medical research charity, The Wellcome Trust, asked more than 140,000 people over the age of 15 in more than 140 countries about their opinions of health and science.
Globally, 79-percent of those surveyed agreed that vaccines are safe and 90-percent say their children have been vaccinated.
The survey found that Bangladesh and Rwanda had the strongest confidence in vaccines, almost everyone in both countries believe vaccines are safe, effective and important for children.
The report singled out France as having the lowest levels of trust in vaccines.
One-third of its inhabitants don’t agree that vaccines are safe, and one-tenth don’t agree that they are important for children to have.
For the record, 72-percent of people in North America agree that vaccines are safe.