Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine is calling on parents across the country to advocate for vaccines at school board meetings and other public forums. In a blog post titled “Including Vaccines in Our Back-to-School Checklist,” Levine stressed the importance of countering misinformation and defending vaccines to safeguard children’s health.
Addressing the Threat of Misinformation on Vaccines
Levine acknowledged that while most Americans have faith in routine vaccines, vaccination rates have been declining due to the influence of a “small minority voice” that spreads myths and instills fear about vaccines. She emphasized the need for parents to address this issue and uphold the credibility of vaccines.
Giving Parents the Tools to Defend Vaccines
The Assistant Secretary of Health provided three steps for parents to actively support vaccines in school settings:
1. Educate Themselves: Parents should access reliable government and medical websites to gather accurate information about vaccines.
2. Speak Up: Levine encouraged parents to vocally express the value of vaccines, sharing personal experiences about how vaccinations have positively impacted their family’s health and safety.
3. Participate in School Board Meetings: In communities where vaccines are being debated at school board meetings or other venues, Levine urged parents to get involved, even if they are uncomfortable speaking. The mere presence of parents can send a strong message supporting vaccinations.
Empowering Parents for the Well-being of Their Children
Levine acknowledged that discussing vaccines may pose challenges for some parents but emphasized that these conversations are crucial in protecting children’s health. By actively combatting misinformation and advocating for vaccinations, parents play a vital role in maintaining public confidence in vaccines.