Behavioral Economics as a Model to Improve Adolescent and Adult Vaccination

Clinical Therapeutics
October 2021 Volume 43 Issue 10 p1627-1808
http://www.clinicaltherapeutics.com/current

 

Commentary
Behavioral Economics as a Model to Improve Adolescent and Adult Vaccination
Rachel Caskey
Published online: August 03, 2021
p1649-1653
Despite that fact that the first scientifically based smallpox vaccine was developed in the late 1700s, in 2021 we struggle to fully vaccinate adolescents and adults in the United States. Decades of scientific data support the efficacy and tolerability of vaccines in general, yet vaccine hesitancy remains common. Fear sits much deeper than logic within the human psyche, especially when it comes to vaccine decision making. The complexities of human psychology and decision making are the footings of vaccine hesitancy and yet may also provide an opportunity to shift vaccination behavior.