Special Issue "Vaccination and Public Health: Optimizing Vaccine Uptake through the Application of Social and Behavioral Science Theory, Principles, and Strategies"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2020).
Interests: infectious disease; development of HIV and STD prevention programs; immunology; community interventions; diabetes; implementation science; influenza; psychology
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Globally, vaccine-preventable diseases exact a significant toll on society, in terms of morbidity, mortality, and economic burden. Vaccines are an optimal disease prevention strategy, being efficacious, efficient, and cost-effective; however, it is axiomatic that vaccine effectiveness is limited by their use. Recently, a growing anti-vax movement has gained traction in many communities and populations leading to vaccine hesitancy; resistance to accepting a vaccine. To confront the wave of vaccine hesitancy, a more precise understanding of the myriad influences that affect vaccine acceptance and hesitancy could be valuable in designing programs to counter the anti-vax movement and, consequently, result in enhanced vaccine uptake. Contextual influences ranging from religious and pharmaceutical factors, health literacy, role of media, government, families, health care providers, and health policy makers are all essential in promoting vaccination, educating the public, and implementing public health interventions and policies that reduce the possible adverse health outcomes associated with vaccine hesitancy.
This issue of the Journal specifically addresses the application of social and behavioral science theory, principles, and strategies with respect to four cognate areas of research (1) enhancing assessment of vaccine hesitancy; (2) understanding contextual factors (personal, relational, societal, network, familial, and community influences) associated with acceptance or refusal for vaccination, (3) having a greater understanding of the ethical issues involved in vaccination, and (4) describing intervention principles and strategies that may be efficacious in promoting vaccine acceptance. Manuscripts that target either special interest any of these four are welcome for submission. Manuscripts will follow standard Journal peer-review practices, and those accepted for publication will appear in the special issue on Vaccination and Public Health.
Prof. Ralph J. DiClemente
Prof. Gina M. Wingood
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Vaccines is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- vaccine-preventable diseases
- social and behavioral science theory