Reasons for vaccination refusal among family physician patients in Canada in 2018

Percentage of Canadian family physicians who had patients give select reasons for vaccine refusal as of 2018

by John Elflein, last edited Feb 14, 2019
Reasons for vaccination refusal among family physician patients in Canada in 2018 This statistic depicts the percentage of Canadian family physicians who had patients give select reasons for refusing a vaccine as of 2018. According to the data, 67 percent of patients who refused vaccinations at a family physician did so because they knew or heard of someone that had an adverse reaction to a vaccination.
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Percentage of Canadian family physicians who had patients give select reasons for vaccine refusal as of 2018

Percentage of providers
Know or heard of someone who had an adverse reaction to a vaccine67%
Worried about specific ingredients in vaccines (e.g., mercury, thimerosal)62%
Worried about possible long-term effects57%
Believe that the disease is not a big concern55%
Worried that the vaccine will actually cause the illness it is meant to prevent53%
Conspiracy theories51%
Believe natural immunity is enough49%
Worried about immediate side effects (i.e. adverse events following immunization)44%
Think there are too many injections being given at one time44%
Fear of needles/find needles to painful41%
Concerned vaccine don't protect against the disease41%
Think it is better to wait until child is older39%
Believe that the vaccine is not needed any more (as the disease is gone or almost gone)37%
Believe alternative therapies are better choice35%
Believe that if other children are vaccinated their own children do not need to be22%
Think there are too many antigens in vaccines22%
Distrust of health care professionals21%
Find it difficult to get the vaccine (e.g. time off work, transportation to clinic, too busy)15%
Religious beliefs do not allow for/discourage vaccination11%
Connection to autism2%
Financial concerns/costs2%
None2%
Other2%
Weakened immune system1%
Percentage of providers
Know or heard of someone who had an adverse reaction to a vaccine67%
Worried about specific ingredients in vaccines (e.g., mercury, thimerosal)62%
Worried about possible long-term effects57%
Believe that the disease is not a big concern55%
Worried that the vaccine will actually cause the illness it is meant to prevent53%
Conspiracy theories51%
Believe natural immunity is enough49%
Worried about immediate side effects (i.e. adverse events following immunization)44%
Think there are too many injections being given at one time44%
Fear of needles/find needles to painful41%
Concerned vaccine don't protect against the disease41%
Think it is better to wait until child is older39%
Believe that the vaccine is not needed any more (as the disease is gone or almost gone)37%
Believe alternative therapies are better choice35%
Believe that if other children are vaccinated their own children do not need to be22%
Think there are too many antigens in vaccines22%
Distrust of health care professionals21%
Find it difficult to get the vaccine (e.g. time off work, transportation to clinic, too busy)15%
Religious beliefs do not allow for/discourage vaccination11%
Connection to autism2%
Financial concerns/costs2%
None2%
Other2%
Weakened immune system1%
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by John Elflein, last edited Feb 14, 2019
This statistic depicts the percentage of Canadian family physicians who had patients give select reasons for refusing a vaccine as of 2018. According to the data, 67 percent of patients who refused vaccinations at a family physician did so because they knew or heard of someone that had an adverse reaction to a vaccination.
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