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Special Issue: The Role of Internet Use in Vaccination Decisions

28 May, 2012
Ed. C Betsch and K Sachse., Source: Vaccine

A growing number of people use the Internet to obtain health information, including information about vaccines. Websites promoting interaction among users are becoming increasingly popular. Users of these so-called Web 2.0 applications (e.g. social media, online discussion boards, etc.) comprise not only consumers looking for information (e.g. about a certain vaccine) but also public health communicators and active, vocal anti-vaccination groups. Even though it is a well known fact that an increasing number of Internet users search the Internet for health information [1] and [2], several black boxes exist in terms of the interplay between Internet users, the World Wide Web and vaccination decisions [3]: Who accesses vaccination information websites? Which sources are searched for? Who contributes to online discussion boards? What is the quality of information obtained on the Internet? What makes anti-vaccination messages so intuitively appealing? What strategies can or should be used online to actively support vaccination decisions? Is the Internet a source that supports or discourages a pro-vaccination decision?

This entry was posted on Monday, May 28th, 2012 at 2:30 pm and is filed under Literature.

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