Why vaccinating our child is a good idea
Posted 5.4.15Economic professors Mariana Carrera and Justin Gallagher published an op-ed in The Plain Dealer that breaks down the thought processes behind deciding whether or not to vaccinate a child and the broader implications of parents choosing to opt out of vaccinations.
Mariana Carrera, assistant professor of economics, and Justin Gallagher, assistant professor of economics, published an op-ed in The Plain Dealer Sunday, May 3, 2015. "Why vaccinating our child is a good idea" breaks down the thought processes behind deciding whether or not to vaccinate a child and the broader implications of parents choosing to opt out of vaccinations.
"When people opt out of vaccination, they don't factor in how their private decision weakens the herd, raising the risks to society as a whole," say Carrera and Gallagher.
The two offer several ways to keep vaccination rates high in order to short-circuit the cycle of preventable disease resurgence, including policymaking and utilizing social media networks to further educate the public.
Carrera and Gallagher encourage social media users to share their support for vaccination on social media, #IamTheHerd.
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