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Risky behaviour and non-vaccination

Florence Neymotin ()
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Florence Neymotin: Nova Southeastern University

Journal of Bioeconomics, 2021, vol. 23, issue 2, No 2, 161 pages

Abstract: Abstract Widespread vaccination acceptance is of critical import to society dealing with the continuing aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The risky behaviours that predict whether individuals vaccinate for seasonal influenza can help policymakers fashion plans to improve vaccination rates and more reliably establish herd immunity. To this end, Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) data were employed to determine how an individual’s choice to engage in various risky behaviours relates with the likelihood that the same individual gets the seasonal influenza vaccine. Controls were included for demographic, geographic, and health insurance factors. In addition to controlling for these factors, regressions were further stratified based upon gender, the presence of children in the home, and age. I found that excess sun exposure, poor oral hygiene, smoking, and unhealthy diet choices correlated with reduced vaccination probability—both over the subsequent year and for that individual’s lifetime. These results have important implications for properly targeting individuals for widespread vaccinations.

Keywords: Risk-taking; Herd immunity; Influenza; Vaccination; I10; I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s10818-021-09312-0

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