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Publication Date

Spring 2019

Program Name

Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy

Abstract

Vaccine hesitancy (VH), or the reluctance or refusal to participate in vaccination programs, is a complex phenomenon with far-reaching impacts on society. VH can impact vaccine uptake and facilitate subsequent outbreaks, as seen with the case of measles. Perceptions of vaccination are similar in the United States and Switzerland, and misinformation in each country contributed to VH through impaired parental risk-benefit analysis; parental analysis and subsequent VH is associated with both anti-vaccination messages gaining prominence and a decrease in the public perception of the health risk from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). There are many proposed strategies for addressing VH on both clinical and public health levels, most of which center around communication. So far, no single strategy has been shown to be most effective. The literature and the interviews included multiple possible strategies to be tested in the future.

Disciplines

Comparative Politics | Health and Medical Administration | Health Communication | Health Policy | Immunology and Infectious Disease | Infectious Disease | International and Area Studies | Medicine and Health

 

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