Intervention Strategies For Restoring And Maintaining Immunization Rates
Intervention Strategies for Restoring and Maintaining Immunization Rates in the United States
Throughout the course of their history, immunizations have eradicated many deadly diseases and pathogens; all prone to epidemics. Today, in the United States, diseases such as measles, small pox, and/or anthrax are virtually unheard of. However, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, many other diseases such as, whooping cough, measles, chicken pox, hepatitis B, and of course influenza still pose a global and nationwide threat (CDC, 2014). In 2011, an Associated Press analysis discovered rising vaccination exemption rates in nearly half of the states (Vaccination Wars). Additionally, disease outbreaks such as the measles are a rarity in the United States, however; 350,000 new cases were reported around the rest of the world in 2011 alone (CDC). Although the vaccination regulations are fairly well kept in the United States, they must be maintained and regulated at high levels in order to ensure upright population health.
In order to execute an intervention strategy to a certain vulnerable population, an individual must use a public health approach to help access the issue. In this particular intervention, the “improving the average” approach will be used on the entire vaccinated and non-vaccinated populations. The improving-the-average approach, according to Riegelman and Kirkwood, focuses on the entire population as a whole and not certain,…