Outbreak proximity may influence vaccine skeptics, study finds

Proximity to a live measles outbreak may influence an individual's opinion on vaccinations, according to a study published in PLOS One.

For the study, researchers polled a nationally representative sample of 1,006 people about their political beliefs, vaccination attitudes and demographics in January 2017.

Researchers found a person's proximity to a measles outbreak did not independently influence vaccination attitude. However, among people who were skeptical of federal agencies like the CDC, those who lived closer to live outbreaks had a more favorable view of vaccination. 

"This implies that citizens who are skeptical of the CDC and similar institutions base their vaccination decision-making to some degree on whether or not a given disease occurs in close vicinity to their community," the study authors concluded.

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