The vaccine uptake continuum: Applying social science theory to shift vaccine hesitancy

Rachael Piltch-Loeb, Ralph Diclemente

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Abstract

Vaccines are the optimal public health strategy to prevent disease, but the growing anti-vaccine movement has focused renewed attention on the need to persuade people to increase vaccine uptake. This commentary draws on social and behavioral science theory and proposes a vaccine uptake continuum comprised of five factors: (1) awareness of the health threat; (2) availability of the vaccine; (3) accessibility of the vaccine; (4) affordability of the vaccine; and (5) acceptability of the vaccine to effectively approach this rising challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number76
JournalVaccines
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Measles
  • Risk communication
  • Theory
  • Vaccine hesitancy
  • Vaccine uptake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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