Measles Vaccination Case Study

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Recently, the case of measles that has caused mass concern was the “airborne illness spread to 166 people across 19 states and Washington, D.C. between Jan. 1 and April 24, 2015” due to exposure from the visitors to Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California in December of 2014 (George). In this case, there is an interaction between humans and their environment exists as “public health experts say the disease was probably brought to the amusement park packed with holiday tourists by a foreign visitors” (Zurcher). Due to the problem of overseas traveling, there is a development that takes place in the United States in order to prevent more people from being infected, which is travel safety. Because of the declining …show more content…

This culture intertwines with the social development of this country as people are choosing to follow their own choices. Today, many parents reject vaccines as they are concerned that vaccines can cause autism, a belief that originated with a now-discredited 1998 study. In 2010, a study found that “Nearly 40% of parents of toddlers have skipped or delayed a childhood vaccination”(Breslow). The percentage of these anti-vaccinators were raised due to the promotion of this rejected study. California is the top of these measles cases as it is “one of 20 states that allow parents to skip vaccination based on their personal, philosophical belief”(Harris, Popovich, and Powell). America is built on the backbone of freedom so it is not a surprise that the government does not infringe on such rights as the 1st Amendment. However, this “freedom” is causing black lash as other claims that it is dangering the rest of the population as experts in the American Academy of Pediatrics explain that “Parents who refuse immunization on behalf of their children are, in a sense, free riders who take advantage of the benefit created by the participation and assumption of immunization risk or burden by others while refusing to participate in the program themselves” (Stoker). The anti-vaccine parents believe that “as the proportion of the population that is vaccinated grows, the individual benefits of vaccination decline,

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