NURS340A - Discussion Wk3.docx - \u201cEpidemiology has been defined as the study of the occurrence and distribution of health-related states or events in

NURS340A - Discussion Wk3.docx - u201cEpidemiology has...

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“Epidemiology has been defined as the study of the occurrence and distribution of health-related states or events in specified populations, including the study of the determinants influencing such states, and the application of this knowledge to control the health problems” (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2016, p.258). Through this prompt, we are to analyze and evaluate the epidemiology of our community. When I read through and understood this topic, the first event that came to my mind was that of increasing number of parents where they are refusing to vaccinate their children. As it was shown through the mass media, there has been breakout of measles amongst children in heavily populated public places. The main reason for such outbreak within our communities is due to the fact that there is increasing number of parents that are refusing to vaccinate their children. As more parents in newer generation are choosing to home school their children and gaining their knowledge about children’s health and wellness through non-scholarly sources on the internet, many of these parents are creating a notion that vaccinations are in fact harmful to their children and that in some cases, causes illnesses including autism. With this outbreak of measles, there have been more implementations of rules and regulations both in state and national level to stop the spread of measles. Another change within our community in the past years is the number of homeless individuals. While about 10 years ago, there was not as many homeless individuals on the streets, with our economy rapidly changing with increase in rental rates for homes but not enough number of jobs being created within our communities, more and more individuals are losing their jobs and losing their homes; thus becoming homeless and being left on the streets. Along with this problem, more people are becoming malnourished and number of drug users is increasing alongside with the number of homeless individuals.

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