Nurses' role in curbing the pandemic affirms their wider remit in disease prevention and promoting vaccination
Creating immunity through vaccination is second only to clean water in the fight against infectious disease-related deaths worldwide (Andre et al, 2008). Thankfully, vaccination means that individuals, families and communities in the UK no longer experience the devastating effects of more than 20 diseases (Jakab, 2020). Although primarily used to prevent disease, as in the case of smallpox, vaccines also reduce transmission and severity of disease.
The national vaccination campaign response to the COVID-19 pandemic is testament to the impact that vaccination has on the transmission and severity of disease. More than 25 million people in the UK have now had the vaccine and its impact on reducing symptomatic disease and hospitalisation is already evident (Lopez-Bernal et al, 2021). For many of us, this will be the first time we have witnessed the real-time impact of vaccination.
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