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Title: Stopping the Flu General Subject: flu prevention Specific Subject: The cause of influenza and what people can do to prevent it. Purpose: To persuade the audience to take steps to prevent the spread of influenza. Central Idea: Influenza is a very serious illness but there is a lot you can do to treat it and prevent it from having a large outbreak in Cornell. Introduction: You are laying in your bed for the second day in a row. You dread the thought of getting up. You are sweating profusely with a 101-degree fever but you are still wrapped up in your comforter like a cocoon because you feel like you’re freezing. Your throat hurts so bad you don’t even want to talk much less eat or drink anything. I’m sure you have all felt this way at some point in your life because I am describing some symptoms of influenza, also known as the flu. The flu is almost like a plague that occurs every winter. Having experienced the discomfort of the flu, I now take precautionary steps to prevent the flu from affecting me, and they have worked great (Ethos). Influenza is a very serious illness but there is a lot you can do to treat it and prevent it from having a large outbreak in Cornell. Body: I. The influenza virus is a very serious illness that negatively impacts your body. a. According to Gannett, influenza is a viral infection that affects the nose, throat, bronchial tubes, and lungs (Gannett). b. A lot of you may think the flu is only a mild illness, but it can actually lead to death. i. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from it (CDC). ii. The most common complication of influenza is pneumonia, but it may also lead to other severe diseases such as, Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease of the liver, exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and myocarditis (Healthscout).
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