publication . Article . 2016

Protecting the herd: an analysis of public relations responses to the 2015 measles outbreak originating at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park

Aylesworth-Spink, Shelley;
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  • Published: 29 Aug 2016
  • Publisher: USC Annenberg Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This case study reviews the public relations response when Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park were declared the epicenter of a North American measles outbreak in 2015. The case study highlights and analyzes public relations strategies and tactics by the state public health department and The Walt Disney Company under the backdrop of the amorphous yet growing anti-vaccine movement. Centered on the surprising yet predictable 21st century resurgence of measles in North America, this case highlights the positioning of a health crisis by a corporation with an iconic entertainment brand and the challenge of public communications by a public health departm...
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