West Nile virus (WNv) human vaccine : from research to vaccination
Smits, Nancy Anne
Master of Public Health
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This project will educate readers about the West Nile virus (WNv), and the vaccine research approaches currently underway. A narrative review used an instrument to synthesize WNv vaccine research studies, into an easy to understand format. Results indicated the instrument had a high magnitude of reliability (r = 0.90, p<0.0001). The size and frequency of future epidemics of the rare occurrence WNv is uncertain. Research for a WNv vaccine for humans is a responsible public health initiative. The rationale for preplanning a vaccination program is discussed as a future application of this research. The public expects preventative and therapeutic solutions to infectious diseases, and the project's conclusion indicates that for WNv this can be achieved.