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Vaccines: how requirements and exemptions affect vaccination rates, disease prevalence, and herd immunity within the United States?

Ziegler, Megan (2016) Vaccines: how requirements and exemptions affect vaccination rates, disease prevalence, and herd immunity within the United States? Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

The aim of this essay is to discuss and examine the vaccine requirements as well as exemptions to those requirements in four selected states: California, Connecticut, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. These states were selected based on their varying requirements and exemptions to vaccines. Exemption types include medical, religious, and philosophical. California was found to have the least stringent vaccine requirements as of 2015 that was accompanied by the highest exemption rate of the four selected states. Mississippi was the only state of the selected to just allow for religious exemptions and also had the lowest vaccine exemption rate. It was determined that the best practice policy to stimulate vaccine used in these four states is to only allow for medical exemptions. Until further research is conducted this statement cannot be generalized to all 50 states. Vaccinations prove significant to public health because of their contribution to disease prevention and overall contribution to a healthier population.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ziegler, Meganmez60@pitt.eduMEZ60
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVan Nostrand, Elizabethschmidte@pitt.eduSCHMIDTEUNSPECIFIED
Committee Membervan Panhuis, Willem G.wav10@pitt.eduWAV10UNSPECIFIED
Date: 26 April 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 14:01
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/27836

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