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Designing Effective Messages To Promote Future Zika Vaccine Uptake, Jeanine Guidry Jan 2017

Designing Effective Messages To Promote Future Zika Vaccine Uptake, Jeanine Guidry

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The Zika virus is associated with the devastating birth defect microcephaly, and while a vaccine was not yet available in early-2017, several were under development. It is imperative to identify effective communication strategies to promote uptake of a new vaccine, particularly among women of reproductive age. Moreover, though the Zika outbreak has received much social media attention, little is known about these conversations on Instagram. The purpose of this dissertation, therefore, was to understand current Zika-focused communication on Instagram and to inform effective communication strategies to promote future Zika vaccine uptake intent.

The study aims were: (1) explore Zika conversations ...