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Issue Analysis Presentation
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The H1N1 Flu and Vaccine
Some of the ingredients that are in the H1N1 vaccine include:
Potassium Chloride- A colorless crystalline solid/powder used in fertilizers
Calcium Chloride- A white compound used to melt ice and control dust
Mercury- A heavy, silver-white, highly toxic metallic element
Sodium- A soft silver-white element that is found in salt
Chloride- a salt of hydrochloric acid consisting of two elements, one of which is chlorine
What is in the H1N1 Vaccine
Side Effects of the Vaccine
Pros And Cons
After surveying 102 people, we were able to get results from questions we asked about the H1N1 Vaccine/Flu. Questions included people's opinions on the vaccine and questions related to it. We were surprised when we learned that not as much people as we thought we did knew about how serious the flu is. The following graphs show our results.
This graph shows people's opinions on whether to take the vaccine or not, with most people agreeing for it to be taken.
This graph shows the opinions of the people if we should use the vaccine in public. Most agree to publicly use it.
What Is The H1N1 Vaccine/Virus?
Sides of the Argument
The Vaccine has a high chance that it will protect you from the flu
You only have to take one for the entire season
There are different ways to take the vaccine
If any side effects are caught, they only last 1-2 days
Vaccinations help stop the spreading of the flu; it won't spread from person to person
This year's vaccine has over 3x the protection
The vaccine production was rushed
There have been claims that the small amount of mercury is causing autism
Can not sue the company if your children are harmed by the vaccine
There are chances of deadly side effects like shortness of breath and high fevers
Could also have long term effects like narcolepsy
Many people get allergic reactions from the vaccine
Why this matters
This is a serious infection that has the possibility of killing someone. People think that the flu has died down since 2009, but it still infects hundreds of people, sometimes even killing them. When we learned about the vaccine, we realized how important this is. I have had the H1N1 influenza before, and I was worried about what would happen to me. I knew the symptoms and consequences of getting it, but after learning about the vaccine, I took it and soon felt better. Even if you never get infected with it, it's still important to learn about it in case of anything happening to you or a loved one in the future.
The H1N1 Vaccine is the "protector" against the virus. You can take it by using a nasal sprayer or a shot. It supposedly reduces the risk of you catching it or stop it from making the infection worse, but there have been issues with it concerning whether it actually works or not.
The Swine Flu is a virus that was developed in 2009 when people interacted with pigs and/or boars. This virus has not caused any worldwide/national infection but has the potential to spread/evolve to become stronger.
Mild side effects include: swelling, redness, swelling at the place of the vaccination injection, fainting, headaches, fevers, and nausea.
Serious side effects usually begin a few hours after receiving the medication. The side effects include: Difficulty breathing, hoarseness, swelling around the lips or eye, hives, paleness, weakness, a racing heart, dizziness, behavior changes, and high fever.
The Vaccine cuts the risk of getting the flu by at least 70%
This year's shot has 3x the protection
It is an option to get pricked for the vaccine
Getting the shot will most likely not give you the flu
About a 20% chance you could still get the flu after getting the vaccine
You need to take two separate shots
You cannot get the vaccine if you are allergic to eggs
Many side effects from taking the vaccine
Should the H1N1 Vaccine be used in public?
I think that it should be publicly used. Even though there are many side effects to it, there is still a very good chance that it will protect you. I have had the swine flu before and noticed that after taking the vaccine, I started to feel better. Overall, it as beneficial for my health and was not as bad as some people have said it was.
We interviewed Richard Jones about the H1N1 Flu and Vaccine. He works as an assistant professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and with his answers, we were not only able to learn more about the vaccine and flu itself, we learned about an average professor's opinion on the topic.
I think the H1N1 vaccine should be used in public. The vaccine helps reduce the chances of getting the swine flu. It helps prevent the spreading of this virus. The vaccine has more benefits then drawbacks. The more people that use the vaccine, the less chance someone else will have of getting the virus.
Is it a good idea to take the vaccine? Why?
The flu can be a fatal infection in certain groups, such as the elderly or young children. The vaccination not only protects people from the Flu themselves, but when more than 80% of a population is vaccinated against a pathogen this conveys “Herd Immunity”. Herd Immunity is a very old concept and simply works on the principle of the greater number of a population that is vaccinated. This then conveys protection to the small number that are not vaccinated. However, this only works when vaccination numbers are high over 80%.
If you don’t get a vaccine you not only leave yourself open to being sick, you also have a chance of transmitting a highly infectious organism to other people.
Do you think a cure will be found soon depending on the research we have now? Why or why not?
It will be incredibly difficult to make a broadly antigenic vaccine that covers all strains. Furthermore, cure is not on the scope of big pharmacy companies and that is simply down to profit. In 2012 the profit on over the counter remedies such as Advil Cold & Sinus and Tylenol totaled $2.3 billion. It is simply down to money. Why would you want a vaccine that protected against all flues or a tablet to cure it instantly? If that was the case, you would not be able to sell decongestants or headache remedies, and you would not make guaranteed profits every winter season. It is plain and simple a money maker to not cure the common cold as the companies would make no profit.
Can you describe a case when someone had a bad medical reaction to the Vaccine?
The majority of flu vaccinations are safe and allergic reactions to the vaccine itself are from the virus proteins. The allergic response is generated due to either the way the vaccine is manufactured i.e Chicken Eggs or the adjuvants (which enhances the vaccine). Many people have an allergy to bird feathers which can translate to being allergic to the vaccine which is made in eggs. It is inevitable that someone may have an unanticipated reaction to any drug. When these allergic responses occur and are fatal, it is unfortunate and sad, but the benefits out weigh the risks.
Whenever there is a conflict that concerns our people, there are usually two sides: the side for it and the side against it. In this case, the side for the vaccine wants it to be publicly used and is okay with what it can do as the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. On the other hand, the side against the vaccine does not approve of it and wants it to either be changed or taken off the counter. Ahead are reasons why people think positively or negatively about the vaccine.
This shows the difference of what people think of the flu and the consequences of it and what actually happens with people that have the virus.