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Immunization Week

 I wrote this on June 22, 2006. Being a freshman then I stopped to look at the papers posted on the OSA bulletin board. I saw one that had the prices of vaccines on it for the immunization week. Below it was information for the essay contest for the same event and it said “1st prize:3,000 php”. I sort of needed cash that time and was itching to write something of purpose anyway so I jumped at the chance.  I won unexpectedly and was supposed to receive my prize at the Mr and Ms Freshie program but I decided to not go and claim it at the OSA instead. Haha, i dunno why but hey I didn’t want to broadcast it to everyone. Now that I read it again, it seems kind of silly for a 500 word essay. Anyway, here’s the entry:

Theme: One Shot Can Make A Difference

 

            I planted my eyes on the object that the doctor was wielding: a strange tubular instrument containing some liquid with a needle sticking out on the end. “What is that for, doctor?” I asked, to satisfy my curiosity. “It’s a little something to aid you and your health, child.” He pats my shoulder and brought the instrument closer to my arm. “This may sting a bit but rest assured, it’s for your own good.” The needle homed in on its target and burrowed its way through my skin, spewing forth colorless liquid into my body.

            It did sting a bit… Only then did the doctor orient me about “shots” and “vaccination.” I was a five year old then so I didn’t get to comprehend what the doctor was trying to say.  Only later did I realize that vaccination is a treat way better than the free lollipop after every shot.

Immunity against diseases is one heck of a privilege to acquire, like having this protective barrier against diseases all the time – With that single shot, I was granted a ticket to a better, healthier lifestyle. No longer will I be troubled by thoughts of Hepatitis, Smallpox, that nasty Measles, really embarrassing Chickenpox that leaves you looking spotty, the untimely Influenza where powers of cough, colds and fever join for your misery and others that make your life a burden. This allows me to work to my fullest potential.

In addition, a healthier me produces a healthier environment; minimizing the possibility of infecting other people certainly makes the world a better place, doesn’t it? But what if a whole community would start taking their shots? Imagine, the resistance against diseases would jump two, maybe even three folds.

Amazing? All because of a single shot.

And when we have communities like that in the Philippines, who knows what we can achieve? What new heights could we reach? Probably we could accomplish way beyond our limits.

Imagine all these occurring because of a single shot. Doesn’t that make you feel eager to get yours?  I think we should start with that. Seemingly simple yet incredibly powerful. What a huge impact it could create on all of us. I made my move years ago, how about you? Go ahead, friends. One shot. All it takes.

 

Laughtrip. haha. The whole essay is like a running advertisement. Oh well, at least they bought it.

 

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October 31, 2008 at 6:52 am 4 comments


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