Topic: US government should make vaccine mandatory
General purpose: to argue
Specific purpose: I want to argue that the US government should make vaccine mandatory
Thesis statement: the US should make vaccine mandatory because (1) the vaccine protects children from preventable diseases such as rubella, whooping cough, mumps, and measles, (2) prevent the outbreak of diseases, (3) prevent the spread of contagious illnesses; and (4) despite that, the opposition claims that vaccination is not effective and safe.
- [Attention getter] Did you get vaccinated when you were young?
- Vaccination of children is the best thing that happens to them after they are born. The vaccine protects them from severe complications, illnesses, and spread of dangerous and contagious diseases. In general, vaccines help to save lives and should be mandatory.
- As crucial as the vaccination is the US government is still reluctant to make the process mandatory due to the opposition threat.
- [Topic justification/ establish controversy] The US government encourages vaccination all over the country but has not made it compulsory because their people who oppose it.
- Many parents in the country agree vaccination of their children is crucial and give the children the opportunity to have the best and healthy future.
- The highest percentage of parents are doing it or over the world.
- 80% to 90% of the children born in the US every year receive vaccination according to vaccine.gov; “fortunately, today 80 to 90 percent of the children receive most vaccination.”[vaccine.gov]
- Other parents do not support or offer vaccination to their children. The common reason is the safety concern.
- Despite all the evidence from the government that vaccinations have no severe side effects, some parents opt out.
- Anti-vaccinationists who mainly spread fear to parents waged court battles to repeal against mandatory vaccine according to org, “Vaccination causes autism, causes vaccine injury, the CDC are lyres, and there has not been much research.” [ measlesrubellainitiative.org]
- [Credibility statement] As one of the people who has received a vaccination, I can testify and claim confidently it’s crucial. I have researched this topic, and I would like to share my findings on why the US government should make vaccine mandatory.
- [Preview] Today, I will provide arguments to why the US government should make vaccine compulsory.
- First, I will argue that vaccination protects children from preventable diseases such as whooping cough, mumps, and measles
- Second, I will contend that immunization prevents the outbreak of diseases and prevents the spread of contagious diseases.
- Lastly, I will refute the argument from the opposition concerning the safety issues that make some people believe that vaccination is not sufficient and safe.
Transition: There are many arguments for both sides why the government should not make vacation mandatory. First, I am going to start by explaining how vaccination protects children from preventable diseases. I will talk about viruses like measles and polio
First constructive argument: Diseases like polio, whooping cough, rubella, mumps, and measles if not vaccinated against can have dangerous repercussion in the future.
- Measles is the most severe contagious disease that can destroy children if they do not get vaccinated with the MMR shot.
- “Every year, unvaccinated U.S. residents get measles while they are abroad and bring the disease into the United States and spread it to others”[cdc.gov]
- “From year to year, measles cases can range from roughly less than 100 to a couple hundred. However, in some years like 2014, there were more measles cases than usual. In 2014, 667 people from 27 states were reported as having measles. Most of these people got measles in the United States after being exposed to someone who got measles while in another country.”[vaccines.gov]
- A virus causes measles and shows symptoms such as cough, rush, running nose, redness, and swelling of eyes, and it leads to ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, and later death. The MMR shot should be made mandatory.
- Polio is the deadliest virus disease that affects children who fail to receive the IPV doses.
- “Polio mainly affects children younger than five. However, anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated is at risk of developing the disease.” [ mayoclinic.org]
- “Paralytic polio can lead to temporary or permanent muscle paralysis, disability, bone deformities, and death.” [cdc.org]
Transition: While vaccination protects children and adults from fatal viruses such as measles and polio. Vaccination also prevents the spread and outbreak of diseases.
[Second constructive argument] My second argument is that vaccinated diseases are very contagious and spread quickly.
- The people who were not vaccinated have high chances of spreading or receiving viruses like polio and measles.
- According to Nemours from children health, nine of ten people who were not vaccinated from measles will get it if close to an infected person. [kidshealth.org]
- “Adults who have been vaccinated who plan to travel to an area where polio is occurring should receive a booster dose of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV). Immunity after a booster lasts a lifetime” [moyoclinic.org]
Transition: Although this judgment is hard to the anti-vaccinationists, the government should make vaccination mandatory to protect their citizen from vaccination diseases and limit spreading to the other innocent citizens.
[Refutation] Lack of disciplinary rules by the US government on parents who do not vaccinate their children due to fear of safety and effectiveness, causes more harm than good.
- [Minimize] Although the government does not put it mandatory for every child to be vaccinated, all parents should consider the welfare of their children.
- “Over 1.5 million children die annually from diseases that can be prevented by vaccination.” [unicef.org]
- “Under most state laws, failure to provide vaccinations might also be considered “medical neglect” if the vaccination is needed to protect the child from serious physical harm.” [futirity.org]
- Immunizations will save your child’s life.
- Vaccination protects the ones you love, “Since 2010, there have been between 10,000 and 50,000 cases of whooping cough each year in the United States and about 10 to 20 babies, many of which were too young to be fully vaccinated, died each year.” [vaccines.gov]
- “Vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals.” [vaccines.org]
- Vaccination saves time and money, “A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be denied attendance at schools or child care facilities. Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care.”[vaccine.org]
Impact: Parents put in danger the average life of their children when they decide not to immunize them.
- Attack the reasoning Those who oppose the government in making mandatory vaccination claim it not fully effective and safe. Below are some parents concerns:
- “So many vaccines so soon will overwhelm my baby’s immune system”[parents.com]
- “My child’s immune system is immature, so it’s safer to delay some vaccines or just get the most important ones”[parents.com]
- Vaccines contain toxins, such as mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, and antifreeze.” [parents .com]
- Impact: using of such concerns to refute the government from making vaccination mandatory is a dangerous risk to the children.
- [Differentiation] Mothers are not being encouraged to stop being concerned about their children welfare.
- They are not being forced to vaccinate their children
- They are only being asked to reconsider their decision to make sure their children receive vaccination for their benefit.
- Parents who oppose vaccination have a voice, but they should consider their children safety
[Impact statement] The evidence shows that when all parents in the US agree to immunization, it will be easy for the government to make it mandatory.
Transition: As you can see there are many arguments on both sides, but as I said I believe that the government should make vaccination mandatory. Let us go over my argument again.
[Restatement/summary of ideas] The US government should make vaccination mandatory.
- First, the vaccine protects children from preventable diseases such as whooping cough, mumps, and measles,
- Second, prevent the outbreak of diseases and the spread of contagious diseases.
- Lastly, the opposition will claim that vaccination is not sufficient and safe. However, I believe considering the welfare of children is more important.
[Closing statement] No matter the concern of a mother, vaccination is crucial to all children. So, if the government makes it mandatory, this action will save many children’s lives.