Section 13 Human anatomy and physiology

The creation and implementation of vaccinations is one of healthcare’s greatest achievements. Vaccinations have saved countless lives and prevented the development of debilitating and life-threatening diseases such as polio, rubella, mumps, pertussis, and measles.

Despite the success and benefits vaccinations bring to public health, there has been a growing anti-vaccination trend with claims that vaccinations are dangerous and/or unnecessary. Research the claims and concerns anti-vaccination groups have and determine if there is any scientific validity to this information. Also, research current scientific literature on vaccinations and their overall benefits/risks to public health. Remember to use valid and credible references.

As an individual entering into a healthcare profession, you will need to be able to interact with patients about this issue. In your post, address the following questions:

  • How would you address a patient’s concerns, fears, and/or worries about vaccinations?
  • What scientific research would you utilize in your conversations about the benefits and need for vaccinations?

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