MMR Vaccination Rates and The Effect of New Information
Apergi, Lida A
Golden, Bruce L
Conference : INFORMS Annual Meeting 2019
Date: October 20 - October 23, 2019
The MMR vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella is administered to young children. An increasing number of parents choose not to vaccinate their children in part due to a misconception that links the MMR to autism spectrum disorders. Those concerns are not supported by scientific evidence. Nevertheless, the MMR vaccination rates have dropped in recent years, which has led to a number of measles outbreaks in the US including the extensively covered outbreak in Disneyland in early 2015. In this study, we investigate policy, economic and demographic factors that influence MMR rates in addition to the effect of the Disneyland outbreak.