Concepts of epidemiology and nursing research

Write a paper (2,000-2,500 words) in which you apply the concepts of epidemiology and nursing research to a communicable disease. Refer to “Communicable Disease Chain,” “Chain of Infection,” and the CDC website for assistance when completing this assignment.

Communicable Disease Selection

  1. Chickenpox
  2. Tuberculosis
  3. Influenza (this is my chosen selection)
  4. Mononucleosis
  5. Hepatitis B
  6. HIV
  7. Ebola
  8. Measles
  9. Polio
  10. Influenza

Epidemiology Paper Requirements

  1. Describe the chosen communicable disease, including causes, symptoms, mode of transmission, complications, treatment, and the demographic of interest (mortality, morbidity, incidence, and prevalence). Is this a reportable disease? If so, provide details about reporting time, whom to report to, etc.
  2. Describe the social determinants of health and explain how those factors contribute to the development of this disease.
  3. Discuss the epidemiologic triangle as it relates to the communicable disease you have selected. Include the host factors, agent factors (presence or absence), and environmental factors. Are there any special considerations or notifications for the community, schools, or general population?
  4. Explain the role of the community health nurse (case finding, reporting, data collection, data analysis, and follow-up) and why demographic data are necessary to the health of the community.
  5. Identify at least one national agency or organization that addresses the communicable disease chosen and describe how the organizations contribute to resolving or reducing the impact of disease.
  6. Discuss a global implication of the disease. How is this addressed in other countries or cultures? Is this disease endemic to a particular area? Provide an example.

A minimum of three peer-reviewed or professional references is required.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Answer preview

Even though every person can get the disease, certain categories of people should watch out for the virus because they have a greater probability of developing complications resulting from the acquisition of the influenza virus (Baselga-Moreno et al., 2019). Unlike the rest of the people, individuals falling under this category cannot afford to keep off flu medication and hope the virus disappears. The fact that they have a higher chance of developing complications means they have to seek medical intervention as soon as they begin showing symptoms. Young children who are yet to hit the five years mark and those bellow six months are included in this list. Due to their weakened immune system, older adults are also at risk of developing complications once they get infected. Pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses also fall under this category. Finally, Native Americans have a higher chance of developing flu complications

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Concepts of epidemiology and nursing research