The And Its Effects On The History Of Public Health Essay

1597 Words May 1st, 2015 7 Pages
ines are widely considered to be one of the greatest advancements in the history of public health. Despite that some of diseases that were once considered eradicated are back and on the rise. There are widespread misconceptions about vaccinations and their effects. These misconceptions have caused many people to fear vaccines and stop getting vaccinated all together. It has gotten to a point where peoples individual and personal beliefs are becoming stronger than scientific proof. Despite evidence proving the effectiveness vaccines not all people who should be vaccinated are, creating a hazardous public health environment putting many at risk.
The story behind vaccinations first begins with a long history of epidemics, fear, and death. Smallpox, polio, yellow fever, diphtheria, and measles have all plagued the human population for centuries. These diseases caused the deaths of thousands. There is evidence that polio has even existed all the way back to the ancient Egyptians in 1400 BCE (“History of Vaccines”). But, during the 1950’s this all changed; vaccines created a cure for these once threatening diseases. Vaccines create immunity by injecting a small weakened amount of a disease into a person. This injection gives them exposure to the disease and allows a person body to build up an immunity. If the person were then to encounter the virus they would have already had contact with it and have the antibodies needed to fight it off. ()
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