The creation and implementation of vaccinations is one of healthcare’s greatest achievements. Vaccinations have saved countless lives and prevented the development of debilitating and life-threatening diseases such as polio, rubella, mumps, pertussis, and measles.
Despite the success and benefits vaccinations bring to public health, there has been a growing anti-vaccination trend with claims that vaccinations are dangerous and/or unnecessary. Research the claims and concerns anti-vaccination groups have and determine if there is any scientific validity to this information. Also, research current scientific literature on vaccinations and their overall benefits/risks to public health.
As an individual entering into a healthcare profession, you will need to be able to interact with patients about this issue. In your post, address the following questions:
- How would you address a patient’s concerns, fears, and/or worries about vaccinations?
- What scientific research would you utilize in your conversations about the benefits and need for vaccinations?