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Health Affairs published an article in 2005 on the history of vaccines. Below is the Abstract from their article. After browsing through the article This History of Vaccines take some time to share your response to the Discussion Question below.
“Human beings have benefited from vaccines for more than two centuries. Yet the pathway to effective vaccines has been neither neat nor direct. This paper explores the history of vaccines and immunization, beginning with Edward Jenner’s creation of the world’s first vaccine for smallpox in the 1790s. We then demonstrate that many of the issues salient in Jenner’s era—such as the need for secure funding mechanisms, streamlined manufacturing and safety concerns, and deep-seated public fears of inoculating agents—have frequently reappeared and have often dominated vaccine policies. We suggest that historical awareness can help inform viable long-term solutions to contemporary problems with vaccine research, production, and supply.”
To see a short video in favor of vaccination check out the CDC video on why it’s important to get a flu shot and for both the pros and cons, check out Khan Academy’s video here.
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