School of Nursing
vaccines, vaccine hesitancy, immunization
Chemicals and Drugs | Medical Sciences | Nursing
Ryan, Evelyn, "Mandates, Mistrust, and Misconceptions: An Overview of Vaccine Hesitancy" (2023). Senior Honors Theses. 1277.
Vaccines are one of the most successful ways to prevent diseases and are considered one of the most influential achievements in the history of public health. While vaccines have many benefits, the number of parents that refuse vaccinations for their children is increasing. People are concerned about potential risks and health problems that are thought to result from vaccination. There are risks and contraindications involved with vaccines, but many reasons for vaccine hesitancy that are cited by the public are not founded on evidence-based data. When making vaccine decisions, it is essential that the public has accurate information and that healthcare professionals are equipped to address concerns.