Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


In this thesis, review of history, politics, and the science of vaccination converge to explain what feeds hesitancy to vaccination, and how it is tied to the policies and rhetoric of elected leaders. A survey tool for collection of data on individual vaccine hesitancy and how it integrates political influence is proposed, intended for use by elected officials and government departments who have the power to shape the health status of the populations they serve. The case for health impact awareness in all types of policy is made, along with the idea of addition of this survey to the range of tools in the hands of political officials. Frequent and consistent survey data can be used to inform all policy decisions made by the ideal, informed leader, a piece of the puzzle that will create better public health outcomes.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.