I used to think that the Hallmark card company was responsible for most of our “special days” (Nurse’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, etc.) in an attempt to sell more cards. Then, once they figured out they could please a group of constituents without having to spend any money, the politicians got involved. What I haven’t figured out is why one group gets a special day, another gets a week, and some get a whole month. March is, for example, Ovarian Cancer awareness month, but Eating Disorders only get a week in February, and the World Encephalitis cause is limited to a single day on February 22nd.
One essential vaccination subject that is given its due and makes it to the CDC website is National Infant Immunization Week. This year it runs from April 22-29. Listed on the CDC's website page are a number of things medical practices and groups can do to help promote childhood vaccinations. For example, 13 different short Facebook posts with links to specific CDC websites can be copied and pasted. A media toolkit has been put together should you like to do an op-ed piece or even just a letter to the editor of your local paper.
Other things you might want to share on your office Facebook page or website are reputable websites for medical information on vaccines. But before you share them, would you recognize them?
Three of the following websites are NOT reliable sources of evidence-based medicine in regards to vaccines. Can you pick them out?
A. Autism Science Foundation
B. Voices for Vaccines
C. Vaccine Impact
D. American College of Pediatricians
E. National Vaccine Information Center