Chosen as a "Paper of the Week":
On December 9, 1979, a commission of scientists certified the global eradication of small pox. On May 8, 1980 that certification was endorsed by the World Health Assembly. In honor of that very important step in medical history, the paper chosen for this week's Paper of the Week on AcaDemon is paper #117740, "Immunization Programs". This paper presents an in-depth look at the immunization programs available in developed countries and their effectiveness. The paper examines the programs in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe and details how these countries are able to protect their populations from life-threatening diseases as a result of these programs as well as educate the population as to the importance of innoculations. This paper presents a close-up and informative look at immunization programs and their importance around the world.
What are Immunizations?
HBV Program in Canada
Childhood Vaccinations in Canada
The United States
From the Paper:"Immunizations are used to protect the human body against preventable diseases. Immunizations are usually given in the form of a shot or vaccine. When one gets immunized, the body develops the ability to fight off a given disease. Immunizations safeguard the body from illnesses and death caused by certain infectious diseases. Some immunizations are given to prevent a single disease, while others will take care of two or three diseases. Immunizations help control infectious diseases that were once common. They have reduced, and in many cases, eliminated, diseases that routinely killed or harmed infants, children, and adults. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable disease and death still exist and can be passed on to people who are not immunized. Children need immunizations to protect them from dangerous childhood diseases."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Harvey, B. (1991). Why we need a national child health policy. Pediatrics, 87, 1-6.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (1994a). Vaccination coverage of 2-year-old children - United States, 1991-1992. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 42(51 & 52), 985-988.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (1994b, August 9). Vaccines for Children Program (CDC Fax Information, Document No. 240022). Atlanta: Author.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (1995a). Measles - United States, 1994. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 44(26), 486, 487, 493-494.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (1995b). Recommended childhood immunization schedule United States, January 1995. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 44(RR-5), 1-9.