As noted in the textbook, “measles is one of the most contagious human infections,” (Levine, 2007, p. 127). Many children still die from this preventable infectious disease. Vaccinations have been developed that can greatly reduce the spread and threat of many infectious diseases such as measles. To prepare for this Discussion, review the readings and media presentation for this week. In particular, review Case 17: “Eliminating Measles in Southern Africa” in the textbook, Case Studies in Global Health: Millions Saved. With these thoughts in mind, respond to the following:
- What measles immunization priorities should be considered in conflict and humanitarian emergency situations and how does this differ from normal situations?
When responding to a threat such as the measles outbreak, what do you see is the primary role, or roles, of the BSN nurse in interagency coordination and collaboration?
Support your response with references from the professional nursing literature.