Ohio Parents Advocating for Vaccines (PA4V)

Co-chairs:

Samantha Bennett: Artist, mom, bacterial meningitis survivor.  Samantha Bennett contracted bacterial meningitis at 9 months-old. She lost several fingers, toes and half her foot. As an adult, she continues to suffer the effects of the disease and has had more than 20 surgeries in her lifetime. She is an outspoken advocate for immunizations in Ohio and across the country. She helped pass Ohio’s meningococcal vaccine mandate.

Denise Warrick, MD, FAAP: Pediatrician, mom and advocate. Dr. Warrick is the mother of two and a pediatrician working in primary care in the Cincinnati-area. She is passionate about educating parents on the facts about vaccines.

Who we are: Ohio PA4V is a group of Ohio parents advocating for vaccines and spreading accurate information about the disease burden, safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Some of us are vaccine-preventable disease survivors, parents of immuno-compromised children, or parents of healthy children because of immunizations. All of us are fierce advocates for combatting misinformation on vaccines!

Why we care: We vaccinate our children (if medically possible) for their own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of our community. Ohio’s immunization rates for children and adolescents are NOT where they need to be for all of our children to be protected from potentially dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases. The misinformation has scared parents, and it is time to set the record straight.

What we do: We share factual information and stories about vaccines! To get involved, agree to our pledge and you will be directed to a page with resources and information!

The Ohio PA4V Pledge:

I agree to advocate for vaccines by spreading accurate information about the disease burden, safety, and effectiveness of vaccinations. 

Ohio PA4V Pledge

Contact Melanie Farkas with any questions.