THE BARRIERS FOR PUBLIC NOT RECEIVING VACCINATIONS FOR INFLUENZA AND SIMILAR INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Topics: Influenza, Influenza vaccine, Vaccine Pages: 8 (2487 words) Published: October 19, 2013
Washington State University
English 402
Pullman, Washington 99163

April 29, 2013

Deputy Director
CDC Procurement and Grants Office
2920 Brandywine Road
Mail Stop E-14
Atlanta, GA 30341

Dear Deputy Director,
The attached document you will find with this letter is my final report on the barriers to flu vaccinations. I have called it THE BARRIERS FOR PUBLIC NOT RECEIVING VACCINATIONS FOR INFLUENZA AND SIMILAR INFECTIOUS DISEASES. It represents both qualitative and quantitative data and analysis of my research that I performed with your funding.

As you know, vaccinations rates in the population are way below what they should be, with less than half the population vaccinated with the simple flu vaccine. Thousands of dollars are spent in advertising, and it seems like it is reaching less than half the people out. With my research I hope to contribute to the knowledge behind the barriers that prevent vaccinations and to help the CDC identify what needs to be developed to address these said causes.

I hope that you find the report both informative and conclusive. Perhaps with this the CDC may be able to identity and target unvaccinated individuals, and may reduce infections.

Thank you for your time. Please let me know of any questions that you may have.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Johns
Student at Washington State University

Encl.

THE BARRIERS FOR PUBLIC NOT RECEIVING VACCINATIONS FOR INFLUENZA AND SIMILAR INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Submitted to

The Center for Disease Control
Deputy Director

Submitted by:

Vanessa Johns
Washington State University English 402 Student
Pullman, WA 99163

April 30, 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction………………………………………………….….….………………….………….1 Methods…………………………………………………………………..……………………….3 Results...……………………………………………………………………..…………………….4 Conclusion…….…………………………………………………………………...……………...7 Recommendations…………………………………………………………………………………8 References Cited……………………………………………………………………...……….…8

Introduction
Every year between May and October, influenza season strikes with a vengeance. Numbers of those who become infected are on the rise this year. Symptoms of the flu include nausea, fatigue, vomiting, coughing, and fever. Most people at risk are children, adults over 65 and pregnant women. Deaths vary year to year some years as low as 3,000 and some years numbers as great as 49,000. As you already know there is a readily available and affordable vaccine. What is unknown is why only about half the population is vaccinated. Additionally, this isn’t just about the influenza virus, but other vaccinations are missed as well. Common vaccines such as Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, tDap, Pneumococcal, Polio, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Varicella, Hepatitis A, and HPV are missed not only as adults but as children too. Even with such recommendations made by the CDC that children should be vaccinated on time; parents do not seem to follow through. There seems to be fear and hesitation behind vaccines and their effectiveness. It needs to be identified so that the public can become vaccinated and potentially prevent further infection to others. In addition, it must be promoted so that parents can provide their children with appropriate vaccines to prevent further deaths in the future. The purpose of this report is to provide you with information regarding the actual findings behind the fears and hesitations to vaccinations. In addition, this will include any other causes, which have led the public to refuse or ignore or perhaps miss the recommendations by the CDC to become vaccinated not only with the influenza vaccine, but of other common vaccines listed above as well. This report will provide research and data supporting the main barriers to which the public doesn’t get vaccinated. It will give scholarly research and data collected from surveys. This report also includes recommendations to help overcome the...


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