February 24, 2015 1:32 PM EST

Nearly 80% of Americans support vaccinations, according to a new poll.

The Reuters/Ipsos survey comes amid a measles outbreak in the U.S. that recently reached 154 cases and the death of a toddler in Berlin, who was not vaccinated for the highly contagious virus. Only 13% of survey respondents opposed vaccinations while 78% said that all healthy, medically eligible children should be vaccinated.

Forty-four percent of respondents said parents should be mandated to vaccinate their child, while 38% favored some parental choice. The survey also showed a generational difference in vaccination support with younger Americans more in favor of it.

 

The issue flared in the Republican presidential campaign recently when candidates split on whether vaccines should mandatory.

[Reuters]

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