Vaccinations and Public Concern in History: Legend, Rumor, and Risk Perception

1st Edition

Andrea Kitta

Published December 22, 2011
Reference - 172 Pages
ISBN 9780415887038 - CAT# Y112418
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

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Vaccinations and Public Concern in History explores vernacular beliefs and practices that surround decisions not to vaccinate. Through the use of ethnographic, media, and narrative analyses, this book explores the vernacular explanatory models used in inoculation decision-making. The research on which the book draws was designed to help create public health education programs and promotional materials that respond to patients’ fears, understandings of risk, concerns, and doubts. Exploring the nature of inoculation distrust and miscommunication, Dr. Andrea Kitta identifies areas that require better public health communication and greater cultural sensitivity in the handling of inoculation programs.

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