Public Health Data

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April 29, 2024
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Public Health Data

As a public health nurse, after determining the necessity for a mass inoculation program, the public health information I would use to justify this need includes the number of people presenting with the new influenza strain, it’s mortality rate, the demographic statistics, cost involved, how it spreads and whether the inoculation is safe and effective(Anderson et al., 2020). Public health data can be obtained from public health institutes like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Khoury et al., 2020). Other sources include National Center for Health Statistics and the World Health Organization. Such institutions collect and curate public health data resources.

These resources include medical and administrative records, surveys, disease registries, claims data and peer-reviewed entries. In order to assess the success of a mass inoculation program, the data needed to analyze includes: vaccine efficacy which is the measure of protection to the inoculated people, vaccine coverage which is the number of individuals in the population who have received the inoculation, vaccine effectiveness in the population, period of recovery after receiving the inoculation, number of new cases of the new strain after inoculation and the cost benefits of the program (Doherty et al., 2016).

The ultimate success of the mass inoculation program should be a reduction in the occurrence of the new influenza strain. In order to communicate the need for a mass inoculation program internationally or locally, I would work first reach out to the CDC who have health communication platforms in place. Additionally, I would involve the media due to their wide reach and fast communication in transmitting health related information to the masses. Media includes print, tv, radio and the internet and social media(CDC, 2020).




Anderson, S., Manikkavasagan, G., & Cameron, C. (2020). The design, evaluation, and management of immunisation programmes. Health Knowledge. Retrieved 11 November 2020, from

CDC. (2020). Communicating During an Outbreak or Public Health Investigation | Epidemic Intelligence Service | CDC. Retrieved 11 November 2020, from

Doherty, M., Buchy, P., Standaert, B., Giaquinto, C., & Prado- Cohrs, D. (2016). Vaccine impact: Benefits for human health. Vaccine34(52), 6707-6714.

Khoury, M., Armstrong, G., Bunnell, R., Cyril, J., & Iademarco, M. (2020). The intersection of genomics and big data with public health: Opportunities for precision public health. PLOS Medicine17(10), e1003373.