Essay about Influenza Pandemic Of Infectious Diseases Worldwide

1111 Words Apr 7th, 2016 5 Pages
The influenza virus continues to be a grave topic of infectious diseases worldwide. Influenza is a respiratory-transmitted, usually self-limited viral infection in humans. Its primary clinical features mainly include fever and cough. In 2009, the world experienced its first influenza pandemic of the 21st century 41 years after the previous one (Ballering et al., 2012). During this pandemic, young children were shown to have high mortality rates as a result of their infection. Since this re-emergence of disease, the international public health community and influenza vaccine manufacturers have to worked to expand the global flu vaccine and increase its capacity to respond to such an outbreak. Currently, public health officials and administrators are pushing reasons for recommending routine childhood flu vaccinations. The influenza continuously poses an ongoing public health challenge and the vaccination availability is the cornerstone of preparedness for children.
Health administrators among the U.S. recommend the routine flu vaccination for children ages 6 months and older, a measure designed to decrease the disease burden in the youngest children and prevent the spread of flu to others, especially those with high-risk conditions. Some parents are reluctant to have their young children receive such medicinal preventions for various reasons such as religious restrictions and anxiety-related fears of medical consequences. However, researchers in Finland presented promising…

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