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Effective vaccines are one of the greatest public health triumphs. Vaccination are an individual action that has public implications. (See YouTube video re: herd immunity
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) However, vaccination compliance has started to decrease over recent decades in some public sectors. Laws and regulations to protect the public may be seen by individuals as an infringement on individual rights. North Carolina law requires children in K-12 schools to have all required vaccinations unless there is a medical or religious exemption. While some (~15) states allow exemptions for personal or philosophical beliefs, North Carolina does not. While courts have historically supported public health laws (See Jacobson v Massachusetts), the rates of vaccine compliance still continue to decrease.
Using the Health Belief Model (page 152) and the below webpage consider how you (acting as a public health official) would understand the perspective of someone who is vaccine hesitant (or a vaccine denier) and does not wish to get a COVID-19 vaccine (assuming we had one right now). Write a 1-2 page essay describing how someone who doesn’t wish to get a vaccine may rationalize their decision. Conclude your essay with a recommendation that may help result in a behavior change (i.e., get the vaccine).
Constructs of the Health Belief Model:
Perceived Severity
Perceived Benefits Perceived Barriers
Cues to Action
Self-Efficacy
Webpage: The Health Belief Model (HBM) was developed in the early 1950s by social scientists at the U.S. Public Health Service in order to understand the failure of people to adopt disease prevention strategies or screening tests for the early detection of disease. Later uses of HBM were for patients’ responses to symptoms and compliance with medical treatments. The HBM suggests that a person’s belief in a personal threat of an illness or disease together with a person’s belief in the effectiveness of the recommended health behavior or action will predict the likelihood the person will adopt the behavior.
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