preview

Vaccination Of Vaccination For Childhood Diseases

Decent Essays
One of the safest and most effective health tools available for preventing disease and mortality in ourselves and our community are immunizations. Before vaccinations, many children died from vaccine preventable diseases, such as whooping cough and polio. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there has been a resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases recently, like the 1979 pertussis epidemic in Japan when prior to the pandemic in 1974 had an 80% child vaccination rate (“Why Immunize?,” 2014). Due to modern cultural practices and trends, immunization coverage of children and the relevance of vaccination against childhood diseases have been adversely affected. Reports show that social and political processes, such as developing views like natural lifestyles, have influenced parents’ decisions on vaccinating their children, especially in terms of herd immunity and having the ability to opt out. Well established programs such as The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) plays a role in children’s immunization, making sure that children are properly immunized by screening immunization records of children under age 2, and referring parents to immunization and other health services (Carlson & Neuberger, 2015). This paper examines the social, political, and cultural aspects of immunizations in terms of herd immunity, current immunization practices, new ways of reconsidering vaccination strategies, how to
Get Access