Specific Purpose Statement: At the end of my speech, the audience will realize the importance of getting a flu shot.
A. 3000-49000 is the number of people per year that have died over the past 30 years from influenza according to the CDC. It started out low but keeps increasing in numbers each year. The percentage of U.S. population that gets the flu each year is on average around 20%. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized each year due to the flu. In 2009, influenza was the eighth leading cause of death for men in the U.S. During 2009 and 2010 the H1N1 or swine flu caused the first flu pandemic in 40 years causing 12,000 deaths according to Webmd.
B. Many people think that flu shots are not important each year but what they don’t know is that the number of deaths each year from influenza keep rising. You may think that you don’t need the shot now but very soon it could be one of your family members dying from the flu.
C. After looking at research from the CDC and Webmd about the flu, I have gathered statistics and other information that is extremely relevant for getting the flu shot.
D. The flu is a virus that kills thousands of people each year that many people don’t take serious. We all need flu shots to protect ourselves from the flu and maybe even death.
E. Today I am going to tell you about two things. 1. How influenza is a problem and 2. How to solve this problem.
A. The problem today is that many people don’t take influenza seriously and choose not to get the flu shot each year.
1. Influenza is one of the leading cause of hospitalizations and deaths each year in the United States.
a.) The flu can infect the nose, throat, and lungs due to a respiratory illness that is caused by the influenza virus. It can affect anyone regardless of their age or health. It can lead to pneumonia, ear infection, and since infections if it is not treated. It has also been proven
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