Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Dr. Ruiyan Luo

Second Advisor

Dr. Jeff Qin

Third Advisor

Dr. Xin Qi

Abstract

The varicella-zoster virus (VZV) causes chickenpox or varicella, a disease primarily in children, and Herpes Zoster (HZ) or zoster or shingles, a disease that affects adults. A 2-dose Varicella vaccination is recommended in the United States, the first dose at age 15-18 months and the second dose at 4 to 6 years. In this study, we used multinomial logistic regression to analysis data from the 2011 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen) to identify factors that have a significant impact on the number of doses (0-dose, 1-dose, or 2-dose) a teen will have. We evaluate Varicella vaccination coverage stratified by Census region and assessed factors independently associated with varicella vaccination.

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