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Dr. Paul Delamater presents “A Geographic Analysis: Individual Decisions to Vaccinate Impact the Entire Community.” Hear about the latest findings surrounding hot topics in science and medicine that affect our everyday lives and the decisions that we make! Bring your family and friends for a free, casual, interactive science discussion. Learn from the experts and speak with them personally.
"A Geographic Analysis: Individual Decisions to Vaccinate Impact the Entire Community" by Dr. Paul Delamater.
Despite the demonstrated success of vaccination programs in eradicating diseases and improving public health, parental concerns over vaccine safety have led to increases in the refusal and/or delay of childhood vaccination throughout the United States. In some regions, the use of non-medical exemptions (NMEs) from school entry vaccination requirements has yielded extremely low levels of vaccination coverage. In these geographic clusters, the indirect protection afforded by the herd immunity effect is threatened, placing unvaccinated members of that population at risk of disease transmission and increasing the risk of a large-scale outbreak in the population. The increased use of NMEs has garnered a large amount of attention in the popular press and academic literature, as well as public policy forums across the US, due to the relationship between NMEs and disease outbreaks. Our research illustrates how Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are being used to analyze and understand how individual decisions regarding vaccination impact community-level vaccination coverage, the herd immunity effect, and disease outbreak risk.
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