Erratum to: Highlighting consensus among medical scientists increases public support for vaccines: evidence from a randomized experiment
© The Author(s). 2017
Received: 22 March 2017
Accepted: 22 March 2017
Published: 29 March 2017
The original article was published in BMC Public Health 2015 15:1207
Following the publication of this article , it was brought to our attention that Table 2 of the Appendix contains a typographical error. The right column of the table incorrectly reads (N = 216) instead of (N = 206).
Survey questions and descriptive statistics
Perceived scientific agreement
To the best of your knowledge, what % of medical scientists agree that vaccines are safe? (0% - 100%).
To what extent do you agree with the following statement; “there is scientific evidence for a causal link between vaccines and autism” (1 = Completely Disagree – 7 = Completely Agree).
How concerned are you about the potential risk of vaccines? (1 = I am not concerned at all, 7 = I am very concerned).
Public support index (strongly disagree =1, strongly agree =7).
I believe that vaccines are a safe and reliable way to avoid the spread of otherwise preventable diseases (M = 6.29, SD = 1.20).
I have already vaccinated my children or would do so if I had children (M = 6.29, SD = 1.52).
I would support policies that require people to vaccinate their children (M = 5.73, SD = 1.78).
I believe that the health benefits of vaccines outweigh the risk of any potential negative side effects (M = 6.16, SD = 1.38).
I believe that vaccines are important in maintaining and improving public health (M = 6.31, SD = 1.25).
In the interest of public health, parents should simply be required to vaccinate their children (M = 5.76, SD = 1.70).
More people ought to vaccinate themselves and their children (M = 6.21, SD = 1.48).
I believe that vaccine refusal poses a risk to public health (M = 6.0, SD = 1.62).
The above errors do not influence the findings and conclusions presented in the article .
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- van der Linden, et al. SWITCH: Highlighting consensus among medical scientists increases public support for vaccines: evidence from a randomized experiment. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:1207. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-2541-4.