Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more ➡
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Add note
Save to My Library
Sync to mobile
Look up keyword
Like this
9Activity
×
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Shots Aren't Scary

Shots Aren't Scary

Ratings:

5.0

(2)
|Views: 7,584|Likes:
Published by Adora Svitak
In my language arts class, we were supposed to write a persuasive essay on a topic we felt strongly about. I wrote mine on the topic of vaccinations--and (newsflash) I recently received my H1N1 shot.
In my language arts class, we were supposed to write a persuasive essay on a topic we felt strongly about. I wrote mine on the topic of vaccinations--and (newsflash) I recently received my H1N1 shot.

More info:

Published by: Adora Svitak on Jan 06, 2010
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, DOC, TXT or read online from Scribd
See More
See less

05/15/2012

pdf

text

original

 
Graded AssignmentENG203A/204A: Literary Analysis and Composition II | Unit 8 | Lesson 6: Writing the Persuasive Essay I
Adora Svitak Mrs. HarnedWAVA-HSDecember 15, 2009
Shots Aren’t Scary
Recently, an acquaintance of my family, Naomi, came to visit. Naomi can be bestdescribed as a hardcore radical. At the time she visited, she was on a strict diet that involved rawmeat, unpasteurized cheese, and sixteen uncooked eggs a day. She doesn’t watch TV, thinksmicrowaves are dangerous, and believes the government is trying to brainwash you. But one of her most rigidly held beliefs is the idea that nobody should get vaccinated. From my stubbornopposition to Naomi’s beliefs came the realization that vaccines are one of civilization’s greatestdefenses in the war against disease. I believe that everyone should get vaccinated against thesicknesses which threaten their community. After all, vaccinations are easily accessible; theyreduce health costs overall; and they are crucial for your health and that of the general public.Some people cite the inaccessibility of vaccines as a reason they don’t get inoculated. Butthe truth is that, in general, vaccinations are easily accessible. Some employers, such asMicrosoft, may offer seasonal flu vaccinations on campus; vaccines are usually available at your doctor’s office or pharmacy. Government outreach programs make vaccines for widespreaddiseases available for low cost. Although it is true that quantities of the H1N1, or “swine flu,”vaccine, were originally in short supply, it is now easy to find vaccines near you through
 
Graded AssignmentENG203A/204A: Literary Analysis and Composition II | Unit 8 | Lesson 6: Writing the Persuasive Essay I
Flu.gov, a government website established to prevent the spread of influenza. I was able to findseven locations near me that offered the H1N1 vaccine, all less than an hour’s drive away.My older sister will tell you that I can be tight-fisted with money, but I think it’simportant to keep track of costs. You don’t have to be a statistician to know that gettingvaccinated keeps down healthcare spending. For instance, one dose of an H1N1 flu shot maycost 0-20 dollars. According to the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, each fluhospitalization will cost on average more than 13,000 dollars. Costs were even higher for “
the19% of patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). These more seriously illpatients had total costs of $39,792,” as the institute’s publication, the LDI Brief,related. Costs on such a level can bankrupt a family without health insurance.When, or if, hospitals or governments pick up the tab, costs can begin to add upfor taxpayers. Would you rather pay 0-20 dollars or 13,000-39,000 dollars—andpossibly your life? The answer should be clear.Most importantly, getting vaccinated ensures public safety. As a case inpoint, poliomyelitis, or polio, was a widespread epidemic that ravaged theUnited States. It was a harsh disease. PBS’s “A Science Odyssey” website saidon polio,
“This infectious viral disease attacks the nerve cells and sometimes the centralnervous system, often causing muscle wasting and paralysis and even death.” Although most of  polio’s victims were children, no one was exempt—Franklin Delano Roosevelt caught it at theage of 39 while vacationing at his family’s summer retreat, Campobello Island(www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/disease/polio/polio2.html
 
). For many years, people were helpless —they had no way to stop polio from spreading. After scientist Jonas Salk developed and testeda polio vaccine, millions of people were able to safeguard against polio. According to the

Activity (9)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 thousand reads
1 hundred reads
See Weng liked this
Alex Maddy Hill liked this
Adora Svitak liked this
pilatanya liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->