The Health Significance of Families Seen through the Recent Measles Outbreak
Molly A. Martin*
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, West China Second Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
- Corresponding Author:
- Molly A. Martin
Pennsylvania State University
Sociology, 212 Oswald, University Park
PA 16802, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 23, 2015 Accepted Date: August 25, 2015 Published Date: August 31, 2015
Citation: Molly A. Martin (2015) The Health Significance of Families Seen through the Recent Measles Outbreak. Epidemiology (sunnyvale) 5:197. doi:10.4172/2161-1165.1000197
Copyright: © 2015 Martin MA. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The recent rise of measles demonstrates the importance of our families’ social characteristics for a host of infectious and non-infectious diseases. We need to recognize that families are more than their shared genes; families are distinctive health environments and our family relationships affect our health and health behaviors. Although families are a relatively understudied health context, I recommend several avenues by which we can grow this exciting field within social epidemiology. With a greater understanding of how families’ social characteristics influence health, we can inform clinical and public health practices and better meet our public health goals.