Use the Concept of Immunocapital to Explain Resistance to Vaccination in the Nineteenth-Century
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In modern times we do not have to worry about it thanks to the remarkable work of Edward Jenner and later developments from his endeavors. With the rapid pace of vaccine development in recent decades, the historic origins of immunization are often forgotten.
Development of vaccines against more complex infections, such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV, has been challenging and achievements so far have been modest. Final success against these infections may require combination vaccinations, each component stimulating a different arm of the immune system.
(Atkinson P, Cullinan C, 2005) This reflects the fact that negative aspects of vaccination get much more publicity than positive aspects. How one addresses the antivaccine movement has been a problem since the time of Jenner. The best way in the long term is to refute wrong allegations at the earliest opportunity by providing scientifically valid data. This is easier said than done, because the adversary in this game plays according to rules that are not generally those of science. This issue will not be further addressed in this paper, which aims to show how vaccines are valuable to both individuals and societies, to present validated facts, and to help redress adverse perceptions. Without doubt, vaccines are among the most efficient tools for promoting individual and public health and deserve better press. (Andre FE, 2005)
They also provide a comparative historical background for early colonial health policy and the current particular interest in the curative potential of traditional medicine.
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