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Misinformation is a major challenge in addressing large-scale acute infectious outbreaks and has been shown to encourage vaccine hesitancy and decrease vaccination rates. This study examines the effects of misinformation on vaccine hesitancy by comparing studies from past and present outbreaks. Specifically, I investigate the following research question: What are the effects of misinformation on vaccine hesitancy during past and current outbreaks and what are effective preventative measures? I analyze a range of studies using a systematic review approach to identify similarities and differences in the spread of misinformation across outbreaks. My findings shed light on how and why misinformation spreads and the effects it has on combating disease. The implications of my study are significant, as the World Health Organization has ranked misinformation as one of the top ten threats to global health. By identifying patterns and potential solutions, my study contributes to the larger conversation about addressing misinformation and vaccine hesitancy.



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Misinformation: The Effects on Past and Future Outbreaks