An Epidemic Of Fear : How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All

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In Amy Wallace’s article “An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All” a majority of parents in America have come to believe and accept the ideology that vaccination is an unnecessary greed and actually the cause for autism in children. In her article Wallace fights against this misconception and tries to persuade her readers that vaccines are not only crucial for the health of children, but also harmless. Wallace writes a persuasive article regarding the importance of vaccination and disproves the theory of them being the causation of autism, by presenting convincing data, statistics and brings attention to faulty appeal to authority. Wallace also appeals to authority that persuades those who already agree with her argument though her use of such a public figure alienates her target audience. Overwhelming amounts of data prove that the 2.6 percent of children not getting their vaccinations not only puts themselves in harm’s way, but also those who surrounds them. A study done by the Los Angeles Times recently showcased the destructive impact of not vaccinating children can be. Their findings being that though the percentage may only be 2 percent of California’s kindergartners do not receive vaccinations. Are clustered, disproportionately and increases the possibility of an outbreak of diseases we once thought eradicated. The clustering of children leads to increase of almost 10 percent of elementary schools statewide that are at risk.

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