In a recent interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the President, said, "It would be terrible, with a tool as good as that, if people don't utilize that tool." Meaning, vaccines.
Thanks to strong governmental support and advances in medical research, more and more Americans are getting vaccinated against COVID 19, a viral disease which has claimed roughly 600,000 lives in our nation, and 2.92 million, worldwide. Despite the growth of variant strains of the virus, vaccination with a goal of "herd immunity" remains our best option for beating the global pandemic which began in 2019 and altered our daily lives-- from whom we see and what we do, to how we work and learn.
Understanding Vaccines takes a look at the history of immunization, from the eighteenth century to the present day; the controversies, myths, and fears that have ensued; and the future of inoculation as a public health imperative grounded in the broadest form of education: our experience and knowledge. While smallpox, polio, and measles have been eradicated through widespread immunization, infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites remain, along with the need for continuing research, tailored communication, and optimal access to vaccines.
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