Health promotion professionals have a key role in educating youth and adults about the importance of vaccination. It’s important to ensure that the people in our communities are up to date on all vaccinations.
Keeping up to date on all vaccines – youth and adult – is critical in keeping us free from preventable diseases like:
- whopping cough
- hepatitis, etc.,
The CDC recommends the following vaccine schedule
The Vaccines for Children program provides free vaccines to children who qualify.
Health educators know misinformation can prevent vulnerable populations from getting safe and accurate healthcare. Vaccine hesitancy, the reluctance or refusal to be vaccinated or to have one’s children vaccinated, has been identified by the World Health Organization as one of the top 10 global health threats of 2019.
Journal Special Collection
Digital Health Promotion Executive Leadership Summit: Vaccine Hesitancy: The Role of Social Media
Dr. David Broniatowski – George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
Dr. Jo Ann Shoup – Kaiser Permanente, Colorado
Articles from SOPHE’s peer-reviewed journals – Health Education & Behavior and Health Promotion Practice – on the topic of vaccine hesitancy. Read more>
Did you know?
- Vaccines help protect against serious diseases.
- Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can and do still happen in communities across the U.S.
- Vaccines are not just for kids. They can help adults stay healthy too – especially if they have health conditions.
- Falling immunization rates due to vaccine hesitancy have led to outbreaks of preventable disease, notably measles and pertussis.
- Vaccines contain antigens which support a first line of defense; allowing the body to build up fighters (antibodies) for protection.