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Vaccinations and Public Concern in History

Legend, Rumor, and Risk Perception

Vaccinations and Public Concern in History by Andrea Kitta
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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.

Taylor and Francis; January 2012
184 pages; ISBN 9781136577086
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Title: Vaccinations and Public Concern in History
Author: Andrea Kitta
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