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      Vaccine hesitancy: an overview.

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          Abstract

          Despite being recognized as one of the most successful public health measures, vaccination is perceived as unsafe and unnecessary by a growing number of individuals. Lack of confidence in vaccines is now considered a threat to the success of vaccination programs. Vaccine hesitancy is believed to be responsible for decreasing vaccine coverage and an increasing risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks and epidemics. This review provides an overview of the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy. First, we will characterize vaccine hesitancy and suggest the possible causes of the apparent increase in vaccine hesitancy in the developed world. Then we will look at determinants of individual decision-making about vaccination.

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          Journal
          Hum Vaccin Immunother
          Human vaccines & immunotherapeutics
          Informa UK Limited
          2164-554X
          2164-5515
          Aug 2013
          : 9
          : 8
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec; Québec, QC Canada; Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ); Québec, QC Canada; Université Laval; Québec City, QC Canada.
          Article
          24657
          10.4161/hv.24657
          3906279
          23584253
          4e36ed13-7565-48c0-840a-3e58c30917e7

          decision-making,psychosocial factors,review,socio-cultural factors,vaccination,vaccine-hesitancy

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