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Critical Analysis


            The article that will be reviewed in this paper is titled “Zombies-A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness”. This paper was published on May 1st 2013. The authors of the paper include Melissa Nasiruddin, Monique Halabi, Alexander Dao, Kyle Chen, and Brandon Brown. This paper was published by the Centre for Disease under Emerging Infectious Diseases. This paper has been widely used for references in research works across the world in various institutions of higher education. The main theme in this paper is how public health officers may use zombies to create national awareness about a particular disease outbreak. The use of zombies is an act of scaring away the general population into taking caution and preventable measures pertaining to the outbreak of certain infectious disease (Nasiruddin, et al., 2013, p.3). Using zombies has proven a very popular technique of cautioning the public to take risk measures after the outbreak of a certain disease. However, this paper fails to get down to the bottom of the matter which normally includes taking measures deemed proactive. Proactive measures aim to eradicate and reduce the spread of disease prior to its inception stages. Such a measure might include vaccinating children or people during their early childhood years.


            In the treatment of disease prevention is better than cure. Outbreak of an infectious disease can lead to the loss of very many lives (Nasiruddin, et al., 2013, p.4). To curb this loss of lives, centres for disease control have to come up with proactive measures that are aimed at completely eradicating the disease from the face of the earth. One of the most common ways of eradicating diseases is through vaccination. Vaccination has proven to be a very effective technique for eradicating or totally wiping out diseases from the face of the earth. However, developing vaccinations is not child’s play and require enormous investments into resources. First and foremost, the researchers have to be given a state of the art laboratory with controlled environments that will enable them to study primary causes of the disease which is normally a biological organism such as a bacteria or virus. Secondly, the researchers at the site have to be highly skilled and specialized. They are required to analyse specimens over long periods of time in order to develop a concrete understanding of how the microorganisms behave. Once they establish their behaviour, they can conduct various tests to ensure their drug has a certain degree of efficacy that will destroy the microorganisms. However, vaccine technology should tempt a person to think that all that glitters is gold. The development of vaccines raises important ethical questions. Animal rights activists have gone to the streets to protest that the scientists who develop vaccines are infringing on human rights. Furthermore, cases have arisen of human beings particularly living in the third world (especially Africa), being used as guinea pigs to test the effectiveness of vaccines to combat these diseases. Nevertheless, no successful case has ever been determined against the pharmaceutical firms in the courts of law since they are powerful and wield a greater economic influence.


            Public health professionals have to look at a broader perspective when they are examining ways of eradicating diseases. They have to look into the long-term solutions such as developing vaccines, rather than applying knee-jerk reactions as measures – strategies that normally afford temporary solutions. Vaccination has proven a very effective technique in the control of diseases such as smallpox, chicken pox and polio.

Works Cited

Nasiruddin, Melissa, et al. “Zombies— A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health

Awareness.” Emerging infectious diseases 19.5 (2013).