Edward Jenner 's The World 's First Vaccination As A Preventive Treatment

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In 1796, Edward Jenner made a great leap in preventive medicine. He was the first doctor to administer the world’s first vaccination as a preventive treatment (Staff. 2010). Jenner’s method would so undergo “medical and technological changes over the next 200 years” (Philadelphia. 2015.) Vaccines were not main focus on again until 1885, when Louis Pasteur develop a vaccine for rabies. It seemed that early doctors and scientist were on a role, and people were conforming to the status quo, until Andrew Wakefield came on the scene.
In 1998, Wakefield wrote a fraudulent research paper linking the appearance of autism and bowel diseases to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine (Wikipedia. 2015.). Once the press, caught wind off of Wakefield’s research many became to blow the whistle on the on vaccine in the United Kingdom and causing panic because vaccines have been accused to cause autism. The British General Medical Council (or GMC) decided to investigate and soon found that the claim and the paper was false. However, the damage was done and the seed was planted. Now the new question on everyone’s mind is ‘Do vaccines cause autism and bowel diseases’?
Well, the medical field has devoted a great deal of research and money to disband the claim. But, Wakefield’s research, though bogus, did spawn much debate and has many parents hesitant or downright refusing to vaccinate their children. In addition what compounds the issue and has made matters worse is many actors have…
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