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Persuasive speech - Benefit of Immunizations

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Meghan Sherman

on 5 June 2014

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Transcript of Persuasive speech - Benefit of Immunizations

Background Information
Pros to Vaccinations
History of Vaccinations
"Aren't vaccines linked to side effects, such as causing Autism?"
Immunization: The process by which a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine.

Children should be vaccinated whether enrolled in public school or home-schooled because it keeps everyone safe!
Vaccines: Stimulate the body's own immune system to initiate a response to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. Vaccines are administered through needle injections, by mouth and by aerosol.
Edward Jenner, 18th century
Example: Polio (Salk vaccine) and Smallpox vaccines are made from inactivated viruses
Virus is killed using methods such as heat or chemicals
Meghan Sherman

VFC: Vaccines for Children
Immunize for a healthy future!
According to a 2003 report by researchers at the Pediatric Academic Society, childhood vaccinations in the U.S. prevent about 10.5 million cases of infectious illness and 33,00 deaths per year.
Children are vaccinated for the following diseases from birth up to 12 years of age:
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Whooping Cough) (TDaP)
Hepatitis A & B (series)
Varicella (Chickenpox)
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
Observed that milkmaids who contracted cowpox were immune to smallpox
Inoculated an orphan with cowpox
At a later date, Jenner gave the same child a lethal dose of smallpox. He was immune!
Louis Pasteur, 19th century
Isolated anthrax bacteria
Heated the bacteria, injected them into 25 cows.
Few weeks later, he injects those cows and 25 new cows with anthrax
Only the vaccinated cows survived
Public Health Images Library (PHIL) ID # 3. Source: CDC/Cheryl Tyron
Public Health Images Library (PHIL) ID # 132. Source: CDC
Public Health Images Library (PHIL) ID #5578. Source: CDC
Disease such as smallpox and polio have been eradicated from the U.S.

Children attending public schools or visiting public places are less likely to catch or spread contagious infections

Cost effective investment: both for the individual and the economy
But wait..
"Don't vaccines cause the disease they are trying to prevent?"
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, childhood vaccinations are 90-99% effective in preventing diseases.
Example: In 1998, a British scientist named Andrew Wakefield released a study that concluded that the MMR vaccine is linked to development of Autism.
In 2011, Wakefield's research was discredited due to fraudulent results and planned profit motive for him and his foundation.
Okay but...
"I cannot afford vaccines for my child."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every $1.00 spent for vaccinations saves the person (and public!) $6.30 in medical costs.
There are numerous local resources to utilize that administer low-cost or free vaccinations.
Vaccines for Children Program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines
at no cost
to children who may not otherwise vaccinated because of inability to pay.
To increase the # of children vaccinated in the U.S., Congress passed an act in 1993 to develop VFC
Over 40,000 physicians are currently enrolled!
More information available on CDC website
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