Political, Ethical, Social, and Psychological Aspects of Vaccinology

Caroline M. Poland, Robert M. Jacobson, Douglas J. Opel, Edgar K. Marcuse, Gregory A. Poland

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Critical to the advancement of vaccinology is the development of new vaccines available to meet both existing and emerging infectious disease threats. However, while underappreciated, new vaccines are not used in a vacuum. Rather, their use heavily depends on a variety of political, ethical, social, and psychological issues and considerations that at the individual and population level determine whether such vaccines are actually used. In this chapter we explore these aspects and how they mold and impact vaccine policy, uptake, and the success or failure of immunization programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVaccinology
Subtitle of host publicationAn Essential Guide
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781118638033
ISBN (Print)9780470656167
StatePublished - Dec 9 2014


  • Disease surveillance
  • Ethical issues in vaccination
  • Health care decision-making models
  • Vaccination benefits at the population level
  • Vaccine hesitancy
  • Vaccine recommendations and mandates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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