BHE200- Essentials of Public Health
Dr. Jewel Carter- McCummings
November 23, 2014
For the first Case Assignment, please answer the following questions. You can submit your paper in a Question and Answer format. In other words, list the questions and provide a short answer to each.
Which one of the major achievements in public health identified in Bouldin, E. (2010) is especially interesting to you?
Briefly describe the achievement, in a paragraph or two.
In what era did this achievement occur?
Briefly discuss the historical context of the development. What was happening during that time period? What spurred the development of the …show more content…
Gladly, the experiment was successful because the boy did not catch smallpox even when he came in contact with variola. By 1800, the cowpox vaccine was common because it was mild and had no side effects (What is the history of smallpox vaccination, n.d.).
Q3. Was the issue viewed differently then, as compared to the way that it is viewed today?
The issue was definitely viewed different then as compared to the way it is viewed today because small pox has been completely eradicated. During the eighteenth century and earlier, smallpox affected millions of lives. The disease spread fast and claimed thousands of lives every year. Those who survived had disfiguring scars on their body. So it was a very important health problem and scientists like Edward Jenner conducted experiments to prevent the spread of smallpox.
Today, small pox does not exist so it is not considered a health problem. By 1972, American children were not required to have smallpox vaccinations and by 1980, small pox was completely eradicated from all parts of the world. No naturally-occurring case of smallpox has occurred since. At present, the small pox virus is stored in two approved labs in the United States and Russia. However, there remains one concern; the virus can be used as a weapon by countries if it is acquired by terrorists. Smallpox is a serious disease and it has been categorized as “Category A” agent that can be very harmful to public