179 - 5B - Immunization and Screening Immunization One of...

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Immunization and Screening
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Immunization One of the most successful means of primary prevention of disease • Many not immunized against certain diseases – Anti-vaccination movement Predictors of vaccine uptake: Perceived likelihood Perceived susceptibility • Perceived severity Socio-cultural context of immunization • Breach of liberty Safety concerns
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Immunization Among Children Parental reasons for non-immunization Risk/benefit ratio Individual risk Ambiguity aversion Omission bias Free riding Parents may hesitate to vaccinate children due to: Anxiety about potential risks Compounded by media speculation Contradictory advice sometimes received from health professionals
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Screening Earlier the disease is identified, less likely it is it develop into full-blown form Screening for cancer 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer • Self-examinations may not be accurate enough Mammography – Mortality reduction of 15-29% depending on the research
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course PSYCH health taught by Professor Brian during the Spring '12 term at UC Riverside.

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179 - 5B - Immunization and Screening Immunization One of...

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