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J Sch Health. 1997 Sep;67(7):265-8.

Incentives and motivators in school-based hepatitis B vaccination programs.

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ETR Associates, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, USA.


During a school-based vaccination program, incentives and education were offered to help motivate students to participate. Each student at all schools in the program received scholastic credit for returning a signed form, material rewards for receiving each vaccine dose, and free attendance at a social event after completing the vaccine series. In two of four schools, classes received a reward if every student in the classroom returned a signed form within five days: in these schools, 91% and 98% of students returned signed forms within five days, compared to 82% and 85%, respectively, in the two schools without this peer incentive. Approximately half the students receiving the peer incentive reported that it played a motivating role, whereas 60% cited wanting to be protected. Few students named individual rewards as motivators. Although peer incentives appeared effective in encouraging some students to return parent consent or refusal forms, the desire to be protected may have been a stronger motivator.

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