CHILDHOOD VACCINATION BEHAVIOR IN THE UNITED STATES
Vaccine hesitancy, the conscious decision to delay or refuse vaccination, is an increasing phenomenon in the United States. Vaccine hesitancy poses a clear barrier to covering the last mile in global disease eradication efforts for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, such as measles and polio. Individuals' attitudes towards vaccination are dynamic, but it is unclear what drives vaccination-related attitudes and behaviors in the United States. To address this, I aim to characterize vaccination behavior dynamics in the United States. I am utilizing a large insurance claims dataset to investigate the relationship between vaccination behaviors and several determinants of vaccine decision-making, like perceived risk of infection, perceived risk of vaccine-adverse events, attitudes towards vaccination, social norms, and state-specific vaccination policies.