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Impact of Environment

Based on Healthy People 2020: "for each birth cohort vaccinated with the routine immunization schedule (this includes DTap, Td, Hib, Polio, MMR, Hep B, and varicella vaccines), society: saves 33,000 lives, prevents 14 mil cases of disease, reduces direct health care costs by $9.9 billion, and saves $33.4 billion in indirect costs. Despite progress, approximately 42,000 adults and 300 children in the United States die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases." (http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/overview.aspx?topicid=23)

The Impact of the Environment on Health:
From the reading, each student will pick an environmental hazard (flight outbreak) and explain the hazard and its effect on health. In conclusion, the student will discuss community and governmental regulations for addressing this environmental hazard. Example: the effect of population growth on health or occupational safety and the governmental regulations that industry must follow.

Articles with an outbreak in US:
http://www.childrenscolorado.org/wellness/info/news/61257.aspx
http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/02/21/us-measles-usa-idUSN2146005020080221
Measles outbreaks in US and in the world:
http://www.who.int/immunization_monitoring/diseases/big_Measles_global_coverage.JPG
http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/nationalsnapshot.aspx?topicId=23
Japan National data on measles
https://nesid3g.mhlw.go.jp/Byogentai/Pdf/data62e.pdf

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Environment Impact
Measles are a highly contagious disease brought on by a virulent virus that produces a total body skin rash, fever, cough and other flu-like symptoms (Dowshen, 2008). The hazards associated with this highly contagious disease are many. For example, a person could be a carrier of the disease without any visible signs the diseases presence. By the time anyone could recognize the presence of the virus, hundreds of people could be infected, and a potential widespread outbreak would be near impossible to stop.
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Solution Summary

This 327 word discussion provides 2 quality references. It covers the environmental impact of measles and other communicable diseases on society. It outlines the importance of vaccination and provides examples of how easily disease can spread.

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