Impact of information on intentions to vaccinate in a potential epidemic : Swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1)

Chanel, Olivier, Luchini, Stéphane, Massoni, Sebastien, & Vergnaud, Jean-Christophe (2011) Impact of information on intentions to vaccinate in a potential epidemic : Swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1). Social Science & Medicine, 72(2), pp. 142-148.

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Vaccination campaigns to prevent the spread of epidemics are successful only if the targeted populations subscribe to the recommendations of health authorities. However, because compulsory vaccination is hardly conceivable in modern democracies, governments need to convince their populations through efficient and persuasive information campaigns. In the context of the swine-origin A (H1N1) 2009 pandemic, we use an interactive study among the general public in the South of France, with 175 participants, to explore what type of information can induce change in vaccination intentions at both aggregate and individual levels. We find that individual attitudes to vaccination are based on rational appraisal of the situation, and that it is information of a purely scientific nature that has the only significant positive effect on intention to vaccinate.

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ID Code: 61531
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: France, Experiment, Interactive, Information, Vaccination, Influenza A (H1N1), Attitutdes
DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.11.018
ISSN: 1873-5347
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2013 22:36
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2013 21:40

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