Vaccinations in healthcare programs

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Vaccinations in healthcare programs

Mary’s one year old daughter is due to be given the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine during her next visit to the doctor. Mary is upset and concerned because one of her friend’s sons became ill after a similar vaccination. She has also heard rumors that MMR vaccine causes rubella. Mary was also told that her daughter will need to be vaccinated before Mary returns to work. Mary is not alone. Many parents face this issue. Therefore, it is important for Mary and all such parents to make decisions that are best for their children, based on facts and not emotions. Place yourself in the role of a health care worker, submit to the discussion area your plan to validate the importance of vaccination by addressing the following questions:

  • Why are vaccinations necessary components of the healthcare programs?
  • Are there reasons for people not being vaccinated despite of such elaborate healthcare programs? Explain.
  • What are the consequences of people not being vaccinated?
  • What is the impact of religious, cultural, legal, and ethical issues that parents need to consider before vaccination?
  • What type of information will help the parents make an informed decision about vaccinating their children?

Useful Sources

MacDonald, N. E., Harmon, S., Dube, E., Steenbeek, A., Crowcroft, N., Opel, D. J., … & Butler, R. (2018). Mandatory infant & childhood immunization: Rationales, issues and knowledge gaps. Vaccine36(39), 5811-5818.

Centers for Disease Control, Prevention (US), National Immunization Program (Centers for Disease Control, Prevention), National Immunization Program (Centers for Disease Control, Prevention). Education, & Partnership Branch. (2005). Epidemiology and prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases. Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bonfiglioli, R., Vignoli, M., Guglielmi, D., Depolo, M., & Violante, F. S. (2013). Getting vaccinated or not getting vaccinated? Different reasons for getting vaccinated against seasonal or pandemic influenza. BMC Public Health13(1), 1-7.