H1N1 Influenza (“Swine Flu”) is a flu pandemic that has recently spread all around the world. The Swine Flu began its massive spread through Mexico in April (2009) and by June, the World Health Organization raised the alert level to a full-blown pandemic across the globe. The virus has spread rapidly throughout the world. Luckily, the governments around the globe have offered an immunization flu shot against this pandemic that is available to some citizens at this present time. In Lawrence Gostin's “Swine Flu Vaccine: What Is Fair?” (2009), he explains his doubts for the Swine Flu vaccination by emphasizing how rich countries have a large advantage over poor countries in receiving the vaccine, how high authorities are hardly helping the poor countries with their struggle to afford vaccinations, and what groups of people are considered the “priority groups” throughout America.
I feel that it is definitely advisable for everyone to be vaccinated against H1N1 Influenza (“Swine Flu”) because the vaccination can prevent citizens from contracting the flu and from spreading the flu further, even though most citizens are not qualified to receive the vaccine at this time due to priority population groups receiving them first.
First, it is advisable that everyone should get vaccinated against the H1N1 Influenza because it can prevent citizens from contracting the Swine Flu. The Swine Flu is undoubtedly a very dangerous flu at this time and this means that everyone should be trying their best to be protected from it. In conjunction with washing your hands regularly and staying away from people that have any symptoms of the flu, the H1N1 Influenza vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from this dangerous pandemic. The sad reality is that not all countries are being treated equally in the distribution of the vaccinations. Some countries are able to have their vaccines delivered quicker than others, depending on that country's income. In his article, “Swine Flu Vaccine: What Is Fair?,” Gostin points out that “rich countries in general will probably use their vastly superior spending power to acquire vaccines. Stockpiling by the rich, of course, leaves poor countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America much more vulnerable” (11). After all, everyone needs to be protected from the dangers of H1N1 Influenza throughout the world and income should not play a role in who is vaccinated. It is a reality that every individual is just as important as the next and should have a fair chance at a vaccination. Organizations are creating the vaccines with the idea of profit in mind and this is not fair to the poorer countries around the globe. Wealthy countries are definitely more likely to acquire vaccinations in relation to poorer ones.
Second, it is advisable that everyone should get vaccinated against H1N1 Influenza because it can prevent the Swine Flu from spreading any further. If the entire world's population was vaccinated against the Swine Flu, this...