U.S. families considering pregnancy don’t know Zika facts

Many U.S. families considering pregnancy don’t know Zika facts

View the latest Findings from The Harvard Opinion Research Program and SSRS

“Many people in U.S. households where someone is pregnant or considering getting pregnant in the next 12 months are not aware of key facts about Zika virus, according to a new poll by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers.

Among people in households where someone is pregnant or considering getting pregnant, the researchers found:

– Approximately one in four (23%) are not aware of the association between Zika virus and the birth defect microcephaly.
– One in five (20%) believe, incorrectly, that there is a vaccine to protect against Zika virus.
– Approximately four in 10 (42%) do not realize Zika virus can be sexually transmitted.
– A quarter (25%) think individuals infected with Zika virus are “very likely” to show symptoms.

Such results suggest this key segment of the population does not have the latest Zika virus information presented by public health officials.”

“This poll is part of an ongoing series of surveys focused on the public’s response to public health emergencies by the Harvard Opinion Research Program (HORP) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Interviews were conducted via telephone (including both landline and cell phone) for Harvard Chan School by SSRS of Media (PA).”