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Health Policy Considerations in Texas Measles Outbreaks Past and Present

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Objective: In this study, we analyzed the effects of vaccination policy on measles cases in Texas. Methods: We examined secondary data extracted from the Texas State Department of Health Services and previous literature analyses pertaining to Texas measles outbreaks. Results: There is evidence of increasing vaccine exemption rates and increasing measles cases in the same counties in Texas during the last 3 outbreaks in Texas. Conclusion: Legislation and parental education on vaccines is an effective tool to raise vaccination rates; more research is necessary to identify geographic clusters with higher exemption rates to target and tailor parental educational efforts for vaccination rate improvement.
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Keywords: DISEASE OUTBREAK; GIS; HEALTH POLICY; MATURE MINOR DOCTRINE; MEASLES; VACCINATION LAWS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2019

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  • Health Behavior and Policy Review is a rigorously peer-reviewed scholarly bi-monthly publication that seeks manuscripts on health behavior or policy topics that represent original research, including papers that examine the development, advocacy, implementation, or evaluation of policies around specific health issues. The Review especially welcomes papers that tie together health behavior and policy recommendations. Articles are available through subscription or can be ordered individually from the Health Behavior and Policy Review site.
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