Iowa university unveils immunization-refusal app

The University of Iowa's Computational Epidemiology Group has designed the Vaccine Refused application to allow physicians from different countries to contribute to a database that shows the locations of individuals who refused vaccinations and tracks their reasons why. Determining the regions where more patients refused vaccines could help public health authorities respond to their fears about immunizations, said Don Callaghan, the Iowa Department of Public Health's immunization program bureau chief. Lead app developer Dolan Murphy added that privacy will not be an issue as physicians cannot enter personally identifiable information in the database.

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