Disease Epidemics: The Evolution Of Vaccines

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Evolution of Vaccinations Rebekah Gutcher DeVry University Evolution of Vaccinations Thesis Statement: This paper will explore the evolutions of vaccinations overtime, the role they currently play in today’s populations as well as society’s stance regarding vaccines. I. Description of Technology A. Disease Control a. Disease Epidemics b. Population Impacts B. Historical Development/Administration a. History and Development of vaccines b. Guidelines of vaccine administration to date II. Economic Considerations A. Production Costs a. Manufacturing Landscape b. Manufacturing/Research and Development Costs B. Employment/Outsourcing III. Psychological and Sociological Effects A. Vaccinations- Received, accepted or …show more content…

This is a research and informational paper that should give the reader a clear understanding regarding the evolution of vaccinations. There are many different cultures and influences that play a role in how vaccinations are perceived today. Some of these viewpoints are backed by research and scientific proof while others are just opinions. These are going to be touched on within this paper as well in order to give a broad picture of where vaccinations began, how they have developed through the years and the impact this has had on …show more content…

The first major polio epidemic in the United States occurred in 1916. It reached a peak in 1952, when over 58,000 cases were reported, including 3,145 deaths (Salk Institute, 2012). The CDC reports, “thanks to vaccinations, the United States has been polio-free since 1979 (CDC, 2011). Whooping cough is one of the most commonly occurring diseases in the United States. The Mayo Clinic reports that in the first half of the 20th century, whooping cough was a leading cause of childhood illness and death in the U.S. (CDC, 2000). In 2010, an outbreak in California resulted in the illness of 9,477 and caused the death of ten infants (California Department of Public Health, 2010). This was the biggest outbreak of whooping cough since 1945. First documented in 1981, the epidemic we now know as HIV began to appear as a rare lung infection characterized by a weakened immune system. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) -the final stage of HIV -is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States among people age 25 to 44 (U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2012). History of

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