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Research Project

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Information is now abundantly available with a click of a button. Access to more information imaginable can be obtained instantly. Unfortunately, not all of this information is backed by scientifically researched facts. This is causing problems for the healthcare industry, especially in the area of vaccinations. Scientifically sound information provided by the healthcare providers is being challenged by information parents are finding that is provided by the anti-vaccination movement. This information is found on websites, shared on social media, and is spreading rapidly. This research investigates this conflicting information between healthcare providers and the anti-vaccination movement. It is designed to determine if information found on the Internet and Social Media sites has a bigger influence on the parent’s vaccination decision than that provided by government agencies and healthcare providers.