The Vaccination Of The Measles Rubella Vaccine ( Mmr ) And Autism

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A quarter of all deaths, annually, are the result of infectious diseases; immunizations and the programs dedicated to preventing these ailments claim to have saved three million lives, in the world, each year (Marfe, 2007). Economically, immunizations have an influence on medical costs associated with a healthy individual and their community. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2011) believes the continued human benefits and controlled medical costs are dependent upon preventative services such as vaccines.
Media reporting often affects inoculation campaigns, fueling the public’s tendency to assume causal links when random morbidity or when a negative effect occurs after vaccination (Jefferson, 2000). In 1998, a flawed British study suggested a link between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism. This alone prompted a surge of uninformed, anti-MMR, anti-vaccine reporting in the United Kingdom and United States that decreased the rates of immunization dramatically (Mason & Donnelly, 2000).
Vaccinations have been a subject of controversy despite the research-proven benefits. Safety concerns and actual benefits have been cited by studies as primary reasons for non-vaccination (Hussain et al., 2011). The decision for the uptake of a vaccine can be influenced and grounded in environmental, cultural, social, and collective dynamics (Saint-Victor & Omer, 2013). These dynamics are formed and solidified in an individual’s knowledge, attitude, and…

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