mass medication

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Delivery or administration of a preventive or therapeutic regimen to the entire population or to selected portions of it. Examples include the addition of iodine to table salt in regions where there is known to be iodine deficiency; the addition of sodium fluoride to reservoir water, which is often deficient in fluoride; and mass vaccination campaigns against contagious diseases. Although it may be reminiscent of a paternalist past era of public health practice and is sometimes resisted on ideological or ethical grounds, the benefits of mass medication outweigh these possible disadvantages.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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