The Perception of Vaccination at the University of South Dakota

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Medicine and Health Sciences


A correlation exists between the recent decline in vaccination rates and the subsequent increase in vaccine-preventable diseases being contracted. Studies have shown that there are many more benefits than there are risks of vaccination, yet many choose to forego vaccinations for both themselves and their families. A study was distributed at the University of South Dakota (USD) to explore the perception of vaccinations that students and faculty hold, and therefore if these perceptions have an effect on the rate of vaccinations in this population a public, Midwestern university. The survey was intended to better understand the populations thoughts on vaccinations, where they get their information surrounding vaccination, as well as what vaccinations they have recently received. By better understanding the current practices and perceptions of students and faculty, the hope is that changes can be implemented in order to raise vaccination rates. Additionally, increasing the spread of factual information regarding the benefits and unlikely risks of immunization can be beneficial to both those who are vaccinating themselves as well as those who are unable to be vaccinated due to immunocompromisation. With college being an important time in forming opinions regarding health practices, it is essential that students and faculty understand the importance of vaccination.

First Advisor

Jamie Turgeon-Drake

Second Advisor

Jewel Goodman Shepherd

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Health Sciences

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