The Vaccine Uptake Continuum: Applying Social Science Theory to Shift Vaccine Hesitancy

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Open Access Commentary
The Vaccine Uptake Continuum: Applying Social Science Theory to Shift Vaccine Hesitancy
by Rachael Piltch-Loeb and Ralph DiClemente
Vaccines 2020, 8(1), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines8010076 – 07 Feb 2020
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Abstract
Vaccines are the optimal public health strategy to prevent disease, but the growing anti-vaccine movement has focused renewed attention on the need to persuade people to increase vaccine uptake. This commentary draws on social and behavioral science theory and proposes a vaccine uptake continuum comprised of five factors: (1) awareness of the health threat; (2) availability of the vaccine; (3) accessibility of the vaccine; (4) affordability of the vaccine; and (5) acceptability of the vaccine to effectively approach this rising challenge.