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ENG 240 Week One Assignment 1: Inquiry Plan Nyomi Field
Lemons, Jane Fullerton. “Vaccine Controversies.” CQ Researcher, vol. 26, no. 8, 19 Feb. 2016. https://go.openathens.net/redirector/nu.edu?url=https://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/document.php?id=cqresrre2016021900.
1) “Although the vast majority of Americans continue to vaccinate their children, studies have found that as many as 1 in 10 parents are delaying or forgoing some or all recommended vaccines for their children.”
a) It wasn’t until I had a child of my own two years ago where I discovered the controversy of giving children vaccines.
i) Do I need to conduct more research on the statistics of receiving vaccinations?
ii) Is there a specific region of Americans or in the world in general that are opposed to vaccinations?
iii) Is it just adults who have children that are opposed to vaccinations?
2) “If you choose not to immunize your own child and your own child dies because they get measles, OK, that’s your responsibility, that’s your choice,” said Rhett’s father, Carl Krawitt. “But if your child gets sick and gets my child sick and my child dies, then … your action has harmed my child.”
a) I completely agree with this statement. When your decision affects others, especially when it becomes a life-or-deathsituation it becomes more than just your decision.
i) Do all schools/childcare facilities in the US require students to have their child(ren) vaccinated prior to attending?
ii) What are the common vaccines that people are opposed to?
3) “According to the CDC, any vaccine can cause side effects. With that in mind, Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to provide damages to victims while shielding manufacturers from liability in order tomaintain a steady vaccine supply.”
a) The fact that a vaccine can cause life threatening side effects steers people aways from receiving them. I think it is relieving to have a compensation program in place so if a negative side effect were to occur, there is something put in place to assist.
i) What are the parameters of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
ii) How many people have actually had to utilize this program due to negative side effects of a vaccination?
Inquiry Plan
Jane Lemons article on Vaccine Controversies is packed with information from a brief history of vaccines in the 17th century to modern day fears. Upon dissecting Lemons’ article, it doesn’t present to be necessarily biased towards taking vaccines or the opposite side of not taking them; however, I want to look more into the opposed side of vaccinations. I plan to research the most common reasons why adults choose not to receive vaccinations or if it is only specific vaccines that adults are against and why. Everyone has their opinion as they have every right to do so, but with concrete statistics of possibly both the negative and positive effects of getting a certain vaccination could support either side of the spectrum. To my understanding, Lemons’ article is more informational, and I want to add onto this topic utilizing scholarly articles and/or journals. Vaccinations have been around for so long and evolved over the years alongside medicines and better understanding of illness. With the aid of continuing advancing technologies, medical care can only improve. The minds of humans may or may not agree with the decisions made by the government but with proper studies and supporting research, I think it will ease the minds of all regardless of which side you are on. Being comprehensive of both the negative and the positives will only enhance our reasonings.

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