How is public apathy a serious challenge to effective communicable disease control?
How is the stigma associated with serious diseases and the social hostility a challenge to effective communicable disease control?
Not only is apathy a challenge with disease control but so is miscommunication. While it is not a communicable disease, a pertinent example of this point is autism research. Recently, a major researcher admitted to dishonesty with regards to immunization. The research results showed that immunization was the cause of autism. In an informal survey, recently, I discovered that many pregnant women are choosing NOT to immunize their babies and part of the reason was due to the "LINK between immunization and autism." While the news is now circulating that in fact the actual researcher admitted that he made it up, still, there are those who will fail to immunize their children against diseases, which have become nearly nonexistent over the last decades but are now surfacing again, as a threat to society.
This trend, adding to those in developing nations, where mothers either don't have access, funds for immunization are missing or simply fail to get children immunized, the new dynamic is very troubling. Just like those who choose not to vote, or engage in ...
Education, immunization, and challenges to reducing serious disease control are discussed.