Date of Award

Fall 12-5-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Marc Edelman

Second Advisor

Murphy Halliburton

Academic Program Adviser

Yukiko Koga


This thesis analyzes the thoughts and feelings of non-vaccinating parents in America and argues that contemporary vaccine refusal results from overwhelming information saturation in the Internet age. Non-vaccinating parents express distrust of competing scientific research and call for a return to a more natural, toxin-free lifestyle.


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