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To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate?

Science Research Project.

Anjali H.

on 5 February 2014

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A long time ago, people got sick.
These people didn't know what to do. They prayed to their god(s), isolated the sick, and even used leeches.
Then, in 1796, a man named
Edward Jenner created the first vaccine, a treatment
that prevented diseases and cured the sick.
However, this happiness only lasted a couple hundred years.
However, this happiness only lasted a couple hundred years.
Uh oh.
As the years passes by, people started doubting
the abilities of the vaccine. This led to...
A brand new T.V. show where the famous - both dead
and alive - argue about various topics. This episode
will be about - you guessed it - VACCINES!!!
To Vaccinate or not
to vaccinate?
Uh huh.
This is the written out version of the debate so those who
hate TV will still know what occurred during the debate.
So, without further ado, let's get started with
Welcome to "Fight of the Famous! To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate?" I'm Vanna White and I'll be your hostess this evening.
For our first episode, we'll divide the famous up into teams of pro vaccine vs. con vaccine.Team A is pro vaccine, Team
B is con. Let's introduce our teams!
On Team A, there will be...
Mr. George Washington
Mr. Thomas Jefferson
Ms. Marie Curie
Mr. Benjamin Franklin
On Team B, there will be...
Mr. Abraham Lincoln
Ms. Jacqueline Kennedy
So, let's get started! We'll start
with Mr. Thomas Jefferson!
(Vanna) Mr. Jefferson, why do you feel that citizens should get vaccinated?
(Thomas Jefferson) Getting vaccinated is a very important matter. If vaccines were more common in my day, less people would have died, but alas, there were few. Vaccines treat diseases such as the influenza virus. Influenza, or the "flu" may cause even more serious problems, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. It may even cause...DEATH! By choosing to vaccinate against influenza, you not only prevent the flu, but you also prevent other serious problems from occurring.
Thank you, Mr. Jefferson. Next, we'll hear from Mr. George Washington.
(Vanna) Mr. Washington, why do you disapprove of vaccines?
(George Washington) I believe that vaccinations are untrustworthy! They interfere with what the Lord intends for humanity. To cross natural law is simply a disgrace! Others may be disobeying religious beliefs by taking the vile vaccinations as well. Many common diseases do not need to be vaccinated against and are only promoted so companies can gain profits. This is simply an outrage, that commoners are being cheated of---
(Vanna) Mr. Washington---
(George Washington) ---what rightfully should be---
(Vanna) Mr. Washington, please---
(George Washington) ---despicable and I shall not be part of---
(Vanna) MR. WASHINGTON, please calm down!
George Washington sits down and mumbles to himself unhappily.
Thank you, Mr. Washington. Now, onto our next topic. Many people have found the flu vaccine useless and a waste of time. I would like to hear what the famous have to say about this. Ms. Marie Curie, what is your opinion on this?
(Marie Curie) I simply disagree with that statement!Without getting the flu vaccine, a person is more susceptible to influenza. Americans typically lose around $16 billion in income a year due to flu-related illnesses and deaths. This is money that could be saved by vaccinating against influenza. In addition to this, approximately 226,000 people in the US are hospitalized a year due to the flu. Around 29,000 of those people are under the age of five. It is cruel not to vaccinate because so many who are not vaccinated catch influenza and may become severely ill, resulting in possible death.
Thank you, Ms. Curie. Now, let's hear from Team B. Mr. Abraham Lincoln?
(Abraham Lincoln) I do not believe in the flu vaccine for several reasons, one of those reasons being that not everyone can get every form of the vaccine. People with severe allergies, especially those with allergies to eggs, doses of flu vaccine, or parts of the vaccine cannot get the activated vaccine. Those who have had or have Guillain-Barre syndrome cannot get the activated vaccine. If the patient has had any other vaccines in that past four weeks or if they're feeling sick, they cannot get the activated vaccine. This, I believe, is extremely unfair.Everyone should have the right to an equal vaccine or not be vaccinated at all!
(Vanna) Mr. Lincoln, i noticed that you stated that the activated vaccine would be unable to be taken by those people. Would the same people still be unable to take the inactive flu vaccine? And, what is the difference between the inactive and active vaccine?
(Abraham Lincoln) Some of the same people would be unable to take the inactive vaccine. Those with severe allergies, especially those with the severe allergies I previously stated, those who have or have had Gullain-Barre Syndrome, or those who are sick or feeling sick would be unable to take the inactive vaccine.
(quick pause)
What is Guillain-Barre syndrome?
A severe form of polyneuritis (an infection that infects some nerves) that typically comes after a respiratory infection. It causes weakness and usually paralysis of the limbs.
(Vanna) And the differences between the vaccines are...?
(Abraham Lincoln) The inactive form of the vaccine does not contain a live virus but the active form contains a weakened form of the live virus.
Thank you, Mr. Lincoln. This next question is directed towards Team A. Because we have heard who shouldn't get the flu virus, we would like to know who should for pro vaccine audience members. Mr. Benjamin Franklin, that question is for you.
(Benjamin Franklin) Those with kidney disease, diabetes, HIV, heart problems, or asthma are strongly recommended to get a flu shot; if they do not and they do catch the flu, it is very likely that they will get pneumonia. Those who take aspirin should get vaccinated or risk getting Reye syndrome after catching the flu.
Thank you, Mr. Franklin. This last question is directed towards Ms. Jacqueline Kennedy, our remaining member of Team B.
(Vanna) Ms. Kennedy, why do you personally dislike vaccines.
(Jacqueline Kennedy) My main reason of why i don't like vaccines is that you just can't trust of the contents of the vaccine. Have you heard what disgusting things are found inside those vaccines? Honestly, from what I've heard, the vaccines do less helping and more harming. Some chemicals and poisons found inside of those vaccines are: aluminum, which is related to Alzheimer's diseases and seizures; acetone, which is used in nail polish remover; glycerin, which is toxic to the kidney and liver that can cause lung damage and death; phenol, a chemical used as a disinfectant; and formaldehyde, a cancer causing chemical. Would you want those chemicals being injected into your body? I certainly hope not!
Thank you, Ms. Kennedy. And this concludes our Team Debate segment of the show. Next is a personal interview with a member of the famous about what he knows about vaccines! We'll be right back after the break.
And we're back with "Fight of the Famous! To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate?" I'm here now with
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to discuss the measles, mumps, and rubella, or MMR, vaccine.
(Vanna) So, Dr. King, tell us your personal opinion of this vaccine. What do you think about it?
(Martin Luther King Jr.) I personally believe that taking the MMR vaccine would be beneficial for everyone. However, many believe that the MMR vaccine is related to autism. Because of this, around 23% of toddlers have not yet received the shot. This led to an increase in measles cases in the US. In 2008, there were 131 measles cases in the US - more than three times amount of cases in 2007. Many believe that the vaccine causes autism due to the fact that the vaccine contains mercury. However, I do not believe this to be true because no one has yet found proof that the vaccine is linked to autism.
(Vanna) Dr. King, who should and shouldn't get the MMR vaccine?
(Martin Luther King Jr.) Infants and adults should get the MMR vaccine. Infants should get the vaccine at ages 12-15 months and again around 4-6 years old. Adults should get it at age 18. They should also get the vaccine if they were born after 1956 and have never had the vaccine, if they don't know if they've gotten it, or if they haven't had any of the three diseases before.
(Vanna) And who shouldn't get the vaccine...?
(Martin Luther King Jr.) You shouldn't get the vaccine if you have had an allergy caused by it before, if you're fatally allergic to neomycin, if you're pregnant, if you have a deficient lymphatic system, or if you're sick with something besides a cold or a fever.
(Vanna) Are there any side effects to the vaccine?
(MLK Jr.) Yes. Mild side effects include soreness or redness near the area of the shot and a low fever. Severe side effects include an allergic reaction, long-term seizures, brain damage, and deafness. However, these side effects are extremely rare and the vaccine is most likely not the cause of them. Rashes or swelling of the cheek/neck glands need no treatment and will disappear quickly. After receiving the MMR vaccine, you will contract a harmless infection caused by the live virus in the vaccine. Typically, people do not get symptoms and if they do, they are harmless.
Thank you, Dr. King. Coming up after the break, we'll have a debate between two of the famous!
Concluding our show today, we'll have the final debate of "To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate?" Supporting vaccines is Albert Einstein!
And, representing con vaccine members is Mr. Nelson Mandela!
This debate will be run entirely by the two debaters until the show is over. Remember, gentlemen, please be civilized. Are you ready? Debate!
(Albert Einstein) I believe in vaccinating others because it prevents many diseases from infecting the public and causing epidemics.
(Nelson Mandela) That is not true! Vaccines can cause even more illnesses. There have been around 30,000 cases of reactions to vaccines and 13% of them were fatal.
(Albert Einstein) That may be true, but according to a 2003 report by researchers from the Pediatric Academic Society, vaccines prevent about 10.5 million cases of infectious sicknesses and 33,000 deaths a year in the US.
(Nelson Mandela) Vaccines also cause brain inflammation. They disrupt the immune system because the body cannot strengthen the immune system by itself after being vaccinated. I've also noticed that unvaccinated children are healthier than vaccinated children.
(Albert Einstein) Your statement about unvaccinated children versus vaccinated children isn't a fact, it's a myth and a personal opinion. Second, this myth is not true. Studies show that when a group of people contracts a disease, the ones vaccinated against that disease have milder symptoms than those who aren't vaccinated.
(Nelson Mandela) Ha! So you admit that vaccines don't really work?
(Albert Einstein) I never said that they didn't work. 70% - 90% of the time, the vaccine will work if the virus matches the virus or viruses in the vaccine.In weaker people, the vaccine will reduce the likelihoodof the disease. For example, the flu shot reduces the likelihood of death by 80%.
(Nelson Mandela) It doesn't matter because the flu vaccine causes the flu in the first place.
(Albert Einstein) That's just another myth. Neither the injectable flu vaccine nor the nasal spray causes the virus. The worst that can occur when taking the live yet weakened vaccine is a few minor symptoms, such as a runny nose, a fever, a sore throat, and/or a stuffy nose.
(Nelson Mandela) Hmmph. Well, there have been 5,500 cases of with relationships between autism and vaccines.
(Albert Einstein) There is no proven relationship between vaccines and autism.
(Nelson Mandela) Between 2001 and 2009, there were 1,322 cases of brain damage due to vaccines.
(Albert Einstein) It's likely that many of those cases werecaused by other factors, not by vaccines.
Gentlemen, I hate to interrupt,but we're almost out of time. Folks, you've been watching "Fight of the Famous! To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate?"I hope that you've made your decision whether to or not to, and we'll see you again next week with "Fight of the Famous! School Uniforms?"
My opinion:
I personally think that everyone should choose to vaccinate because, from my research, I can tell that the pros of vaccinating greatly outnumber the cons. So, to answer the question "To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate?", I would pick to vaccinate.
This Prezi was made by Anjali H.
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