Diphtheria, the public health response and the origins of the childhood immunisation programme in Ireland

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dc.contributor.advisor McCarthy, Andrew en
dc.contributor.author Dwyer, Michael Anthony
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-13T09:31:36Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.date.submitted 2015
dc.identifier.citation Dwyer, M. A. 2015. Diphtheria, the public health response and the origins of the childhood immunisation programme in Ireland. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2060
dc.description.abstract In common with most countries, the childhood immunisation programme in Ireland was founded on a successful public health response to diphtheria. The success of the antidiphtheria public health intervention in Ireland has meant that no case of the disease has been recorded in the state for almost fifty years. This is a significant achievement considering that diphtheria continues to appear annually in many European states, albeit in much reduced numbers on former years. For parents and children of nineteenth, and early twentieth-century Ireland, diphtheria represented the ‘most dreaded disease of childhood’, however, for their modern day counterparts diphtheria is no more than an obscure disease mentioned in leaflets promoting the benefits of childhood immunisation. In Ireland, diphtheria has been consigned to history, and so too have the horrors and mass fatalities once associated with it. But how was this achieved? Was active immunisation received with open arms by public health authorities, the wider medical community, and the general public? This study tackles these questions by undertaking the first historical examination of the issues which underpin the origins of active immunisation in Ireland. It explores the driving forces that shaped the national childhood immunisation programme, and those that opposed them. In addition, it examines the complex social implications attendant on the introduction of this mass public health intervention in an Irish context. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, Michael A. Dwyer. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Ring College en
dc.subject Diphtheria en
dc.subject Immunisation en
dc.subject Vaccination en
dc.subject History en
dc.subject Contemporary vaccination history en
dc.subject Vaccine trials en
dc.subject Medical ethics en
dc.title Diphtheria, the public health response and the origins of the childhood immunisation programme in Ireland en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school History en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
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dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
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dc.internal.conferring Summer Conferring 2015


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