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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 2072-1315
Vol. 22, No. 3, 2004, pp. 286-292
Bioline Code: hn04036
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2004, pp. 286-292

 en Assessment of Relevant Cultural Considerations is Essential for the Success of a Vaccine
Stanton, Bonita F.


This paper explores applications of social science research to international vaccine development and implementation. The paper discusses examples of vaccine-implementation controversies, suggesting that many of these issues could have been avoided with a greater focus on cultural issues regarding perceptions of disease, vaccination, and health services. The paper also discusses the relationship of theory-based behavioural interventions with the development of an overall vaccine strategy and examines experience of growing vaccine research with regard to perceptions of medical decision-making, acceptable practices, and authority and how these perceptions impact vaccine usage. The importance of social science in the ethical conduct of research is also discussed.

Perceptions; Social sciences research; vaccine development

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