Monday, March 19, 2012

The Layout

My Issues Paper will be laid out as such

Introduction:  What is a vaccine?  What do vaccines do?  How do vaccines work?
Narration/Explanation-Here are some of the things vaccines have accomplished.  Here's why vaccines are important.
Reasoning/Arguments-Vaccines need to be mandated among children to prevent the spread of disease and save lives.  Free Rights are important, but they should not destroy the rights of others.
Pathetic Part-Without vaccines children will die.  Here's an example of children that got sick from this disease.
Conclusion-You need to talk to your lawmakers and Congressman and mandate vaccines among children.  We will end world disease... for the children.


  1. While saving lives is the main objective of vaccinations, I feel that it should be solely up to that individual or child’s parent to decide whether to accept a vaccination. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that vaccines have been crucial to saving the lives of many people; however, there are side-affects and even fatalities that result from the vaccination. Thus, I feel that it should be an educated choice between a responsible adult and non-bias medical professional. Trust me, I have tried to help people who were in life threatening conditions as a lifeguard, but as long as they are conscious and willingly state that they don’t want help… you can only get medical backup and wait until they pass out. Unfortunately, with a virus, by the time the situation has reached this severity it isn’t as easily reversible. As for my ultimate verdict: the greater good rules that each person should be subject to vaccination, unless there is a known medical condition where a person should not have the vaccine. Some may die, but many more will live. “So Others May Live” - USCG

    1. While that may be fine in a lifeguarding situation, vaccines are different for some reasons.
      1-this is about the children, not grandparents with 80 years of experience. Although there may be very rare cases in which a child may die, for the most part vaccines are great as long as they're approved.
      2-If certain children don't get vaccinations other children are put at risk. In my paper I discuss how vaccines are like traffic lights; If 99% of people stop at traffic lights, the other 1% could still screw everyone over. Vaccinations affect a community, not just an individual.
      I only advocate safe, effective vaccines. However, there are still people with religious or free rights reasons that won't vaccinate their children. I am just trying to eliminate diseases.

      Alternatively-few may die from ineffective vaccines, but many more will live because of the eradication of smallpox, measles, HPV, Hepatitis, etc.

    2. 1.) Well, actually anyone in a truly life threatening condition, regardless their age, will eventual experience unconsciousness, should the progression of the disease, virus, injury, etc. continue. Also, anyone (or responsible adult for the minor in discussion) who is mentally cognitive of their present state and able to communicate their wishes, informed of the issue (both risks and benefits), and mentally competent, has been given the right through informed consent to agree or disagree with the healthcare provider’s medical assistance or suggestion. However, with a sever virus such as the smallpox’s virus, quarantine is and should be carried out for those infected. Though, I do say that minor viruses such as the H1N1, even though the media crazed about it being a pandemic, should be solely up to the individual and medical professional. Personally, I know that the purpose of and effectiveness of vaccination is real and important; however, only true epidemic conditions should there ever be a mandated vaccination.

      2.) As for the vaccination fatalities in question regarding children, I miswrote. I meant to discuss the increased amount of fatalities in infants, also called infant mortality rate (IMR) and Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) in relation to immunizations and other required vaccinations. Also, until recently, there have been new studies that show evidence of brain damage/ manipulation, which in the past some regarded to be cases of autism related to vaccinations. In fact, my mother is working at the University of Nebraska Medical Center researching just that. Currently, the CDC’s stance on the issue is that there is not a correlation to autism, yet they have not made a confirmed statement about encephalopathy.

      3.) Are immunizations worth it? Overall, yes. Should they be enforced? Only if deemed crucially necessary to the wellbeing of other person’s lives. Are there risks? Sure, there are in any medical procedure or form of assistance. However, we do need to heavily research all the possible side affects and allow independent choice, unless it be a true epidemic.

  2. I feel like vaccinations are so important because if we have a cure/way to prevent a disease we need to use it and make it available to everyone.

  3. I believe it should be on a case-by-case basis. For example, the smallpox vaccine utterly eliminated a terrible disease; however, I got flu shots every year when I was younger and I still caught the flu several times.

    1. For sure. As long as the vaccines are safe and effective I advocate their mandated application. The smallpox vaccine wiped out smallpox, however the flu shot is very ineffective.

      Also, refer to Owen's comment below. He knows more about the subject than I do.

  4. You cannot get the flu from getting the flu shot - it is a dead virus. The nose spray is a live virus which is why babies and pregnant women cannot get the nose spray vaccine. When people "get the flu from the flu shot" it is because they were already infected. The FDA itself states in its flu vaccine pamphlets that the vaccine does not create a full immunity. You can still get and spread the flu with or without the vaccine. In most people, it lessens the severity; it does NOT instantly give you immunity from contracting or feeling the effects of the virus. No it’s not fool proof, because it is based on the diseases from prior seasons and those who make the vaccine cannot foresee all the mutations that virus may have. Nowhere does the vaccine claim to 100% protect you from getting the flu. This is the same for all vaccines.

  5. We talked about vaccines in my biology class last semester and how they can have negative affects but I've always been one to stay caught up on mine. You'll have good arguments for both sides. Good luck!