Yellow Fever Vaccination

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Discussion
A needle, containing different strains of the virus itself, protects humans against life threatening viruses! But how is this possible? A vaccine contains a small portion of the weakened virus, therefore, when Doctors vaccinate their patients they are injecting a small quantity of the Yellow Fever virus. An individual who has gotten vaccinated may experience minor symptoms of Yellow Fever however; symptoms will not reach phase III. Vaccines simply imitate the virus which helps the body recognize and fight against it. Three different defense systems work within the body; Macrophages (white blood cells that digest germs, dead or dying cells), antibiotics (attacks antigens), and T-lymphocytes (white cells that attack cells that have
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Third world countries such as Africa and South America are not advanced in medicine compared to countries like the United States. Individuals living in third world countries experience difficulty recovering from the Yellow Fever virus once their body is exposed it. The researcher points out “the yellow fever burden in Africa was estimated for the year 2013 as 130,000 cases of fever and jaundice or haemorrhage including 78,000 deaths, taking into account the current level of vaccination coverage.” (Garske) According to their study, many people were not able to get vaccinated for Yellow Fever due to the shortage in supply of vaccines resulting in an increase in death rates. According to Latchmin Michelle Raghunauth, a pharmacist said “Doctors in third world countries are not financially stable to provide all their patients with vaccines” which is very important because individuals in third world countries are lacking proper treatment they need when encountering viruses such as Yellow Fever which explains why the death rate is incredibly high. While Trini Garske and her colleague were working with Yellow Fever patients in Africa they realized a decrease in death rate once people started getting vaccinated. The researcher points out “vaccination campaigns were estimated to have reduced the number of cases and deaths by 27% (95% CI 22%–31%) across the region, achieving up to an 82% …show more content…
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