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An Investigation into the Formation of Vaccine Opinions and Attitudes in College Students Public Deposited

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  • This study sought to understand the commonality of vaccine misconceptions among college students and where individuals feel they are obtaining their vaccine information. An IRB approved survey was used to collect 126 responses from Oregon State University students. Individuals, on average, correctly answered only 54.10% of the statements based on various vaccine misconceptions, suggesting their commonality. It was also found that 65.87% ranked their support of vaccines and their parents perceived vaccine opinion as the exact same value on a one to six scale. This suggests the role perceived parental opinion may play in shaping an individuals’ opinion of vaccines. This data was used to suggest methods to help correct these misconceptions such as adding a vaccine literacy section to the HHS 231 required course for undergraduate Oregon State students. The goal of this research was to provide evidence of the commonality of vaccine misconceptions, demonstrate where individuals were gathering this information, and suggest methods to address vaccine hesitancy and the spread of misinformation.
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