Vaccines: Why all able-bodied children and adults should be vaccinated.
1. Imagine coming down with a disease that starts off feeling like a simple flu. Headache. Fever. Achy joints. But then, within a week you are experiencing loss of reflexes, severe muscle weakness, paralysis, or even death. Then, if you don’t die, for the next 35 years you continue to have muscle weakness, muscle atrophy, cognitive problems, and maybe even complete paralysis.
a. Prior to 1979, this was a scary possibility that was unfortunately common in the United States.
b. This potentially debilitating or deadly disease is called Polio.
c. Thanks to the development of vaccines, Polio was eliminated in the United States in 1979 and is no longer a disease that people have to fear here in the US.
d. The Polio vaccine is just one of the many types of vaccines that has helped eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of cases of contagious vaccine-preventable diseases.
2. First, I will explain the importance of being vaccinated and the potential harm that could be done if people stopped getting vaccinated. Then, I will propose a plan on how to get more people to vaccinate their children and themselves. Finally, I will explain the benefits we will see as a population if all able-bodied children and adults are vaccinated.
1. Vaccinations not only protect yourself from vaccine-preventable diseases, they also protect the general population and people that aren’t eligible for certain vaccines.
a. Vaccines work due to “community immunity”, AKA “herd immunity”
b. This means that when the majority of the population is vaccinated and healthy, most members of the population are protected against contagious diseases because there is little chance of outbreak.
c. Infants, pregnant women, and immunocompromised individuals that aren’t eligible for certain vaccines get some protection still because the spread of contagious diseases is contained.