Anti-Vaccination: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and its Consequences for Modern Public Health Policy
School of Health Sciences
Vaccination, Vaccine hesitancy, COVID-19
Bird, Joshua, "Anti-Vaccination: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and its Consequences for Modern Public Health Policy" (2023). Senior Honors Theses. 1339.
Modern vaccination is arguably the most significant medical achievement in human history. Through widespread vaccination, populations are no longer susceptible to diseases that plagued humanity for most of its existence (measles, rubella, smallpox). While vaccinations have largely shown themselves as safe and efficacious under most circumstances, small but considerable portions of the worldwide population reject vaccination for various social, religious, and political reasons. Research indicates that vaccine hesitancy spans all socioeconomic boundaries, affecting patients and their physicians. To explore the underlying themes of vaccine hesitancy and their relationship to loss aversion and omission bias, a study of various factors underlying resistance to immunization will be undertaken, with community-based and governmental interventions explored as potential remedies to decrease vaccine uptake.