If you are not opposed to vaccines, please tell us how you would convince someone that you know to have their children vaccinated, give two examples of supported evidence of why vaccines are essential

Sometimes medical/public health discoveries/recommendations fly in the face of cultural norms, superstition, and fear. The good modern day example of this that I can think of is the vaccine controversy.

We live in a country where vaccine coverage has been (up until this point) so complete that we as a society probably cannot appreciate the reason vaccines were invented in the first place…to save lives. They were invented because in the past many children were permanently injured or even died from those illnesses in surprising numbers.

Until recently, vaccines have eliminated much of this morbidity and mortality in the United States. Unfortunately, since these diseases have not been eradicated globally (like smallpox was, with vaccines) countries where people do not have the vaccine coverage that we had are still experiencing these epidemics, often with devastating consequences. All we have to do is a little algebra to realize: (unvaccinated Americans + a trip abroad) + (unvaccinated Americans + international tourism in the US) = re-surgence of childhood diseases like measles.

So…it really doesn’t matter if you never leave San Diego County…or go to Disneyland…once it starts here ALL unvaccinated individuals are at risk.

Your assignment for Discussion 3 is to watch this Ted Talk: Hippos, Measles and Smallpox…oh my! (Links to an external site.) and then answer the following questions:

1. Has this video changed your opinion regarding vaccinations?

2. If you are opposed to vaccines, please tell us why, give two examples of supported evidence of why you oppose vaccines WITH REFERENCES.

OR

If you are not opposed to vaccines, please tell us how you would convince someone that you know to have their children vaccinated, give two examples of supported evidence of why vaccines are essential WITH REFERENCES (besides this Ted Talk).

Your answer should be no more than two short paragraphs

10 pt opinion support (5 points for each example to support your opinion)

10 point reference(s),(5 points each, MUST be reputable and supported)

10 point grammar/strategy (ie topic sentence, support, references in text, summary, conciseness)