Ohio AAP Launches Vaccine Advocacy Group; How to Share With Your Patients

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) announced the launch of Ohio Parents Advocating for Vaccines (Ohio PA4V). Ohio PA4V is a parent-led group advocating for vaccines and spreading accurate information about the disease burden, safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

“There is so much misinformation online about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and often people overlook the reality of how many families have been harmed by vaccine preventable diseases,” said Melissa Wervey Arnold, CEO of the Ohio AAP. “We want to bring those stories to the forefront and talk about why vaccines continue to be so important.”

Ohio PA4V will be centered around a social media campaign designed to spread factual information and share real-life stories that will help parents understand the importance of vaccines. Ohio AAP has created a website for the group (http://www.OhioAAP.org/OhioPA4V), which includes a collection of factual information about vaccines that parents can share with their friends and family.

“I know most parents in Ohio do the right thing to protect their kids and get them vaccinated,” said Samantha Bennett, Ohio PA4V co-chair and a survivor of bacterial meningitis. “As a survivor and a parent, I am excited to join other parents in continuing to spread the facts and encouraging all parents to vaccinate their kids!”

“I feel passionate about vaccines and this project because I work with so many families who have questions about vaccines and they want access to accurate information that they can share with others, said Dr. Denise Warrick, co-chair of the group and a pediatrician in the Cincinnati area. “I also recognize the need for parents to be empowered to make educated decisions with accurate health information.  I want to help them have their voice heard about their experiences and enthusiasm for protecting their families.”

PA4V is a free group that parents can join to share the facts and share their stories. Over the next 6 months, PA4V will be collecting stories from families who not only vaccinate, but also families who have been impacted by vaccine preventable diseases.

CLICK HERE for a flyer you may print and share with parents.

Contact Melanie Farkas with any questions.


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