Hot off the Press! Ohio AAP Vaccine Advocacy Newsletter, OC4V News

The Fall 2022 issue of OC4V News, our vaccine advocacy newsletter was just released! Ohio Champions for Vaccines (OC4V) is a group of Ohioans advocating for vaccines and spreading accurate information about the disease burden, safety, and effectiveness of vaccines. Discover the latest advocacy work of OC4V, timely vaccine news and relevant immunization information!

To view an electronic version of this issue, click here.

Highlights from the Fall 2022 Edition include: 

  • Overcoming Misconceptions About Vaccines: On October 28th, Ohio AAP hosted this year’s Foundation Fundraiser Luncheon, From Fear to Medical Freedom: Overcoming the Vaccine Hesitancy Movement and Medical Misinformation. Our event included a panel of experts who spoke on the importance of vaccines and the impact that vaccination has on our communities.
  • Measles Outbreak in Columbus: Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health are investigating a measles outbreak tied to 12 schools and daycare centers in Columbus. Thirty-one of the 32 cases* are among the unvaccinated; the vaccine status for one of the cases is unclear. Thirteen children have been hospitalized. According to Columbus Public Health, 63% of the cases are among kids one to two years old and 19% are among kids three to five years old. (*as of 11/29/22)
  • Not “Just” the Flu: The rates of influenza (flu) are increasing weekly, with current hospitalization rates higher than any flu season since 2010-2011. As of Nov. 1, there have been 730 deaths including two pediatric deaths. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu. Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes in people who are vaccinated but still get sick with flu. Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. During 2019-2020 flu season, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 7.5 million influenza illnesses, 105,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations, and 6,300 influenza-associated deaths.
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