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It's Flu Season! What's Up with the Vaccine Controversy?

New controversies abound in America, but one that has persisted over time, even after being scientifically debunked over and over again, is the vaccine controversy. Unfortunately for herd immunity and individual health and wellness, the vaccine controversy extends well past childhood vaccines and into vaccines that are recommended for adults, such as influenza (flu) vaccine. This post shows how behavioral economic concepts and decision theory play a role in what’s often referred to as “vaccine-hesitancy.”

Flu Outreach: Enhanced Flu Awareness and Education is Essential

 

Recently, the CDC raised concerns about a potential decline in flu vaccination rates this coming flu season due to the removal of the nasal flu spray option. While the nasal flu spray made vaccination much less uncomfortable, it has proven to be ineffective for children and is no longer an option. This change could result in a decline in voluntary flu vaccinations for the 2016-2017 flu season.

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