American College of Preventive Medicine Launches Campaign to Amplify Vital Role of Vaccines and Build Confidence in Vaccine Safety
WASHINGTON – Today, the American College of Preventive Medicine launched its Confidence in Vaccines Campaign, to educate and amplify the essential role vaccines play in protecting individuals and society against infectious diseases and, in ultimately, to build confidence in the safety and importance of vaccines. Launched during National Immunization Month, the ongoing campaign will address some of the most critical and timely health issues, including the significant drop in routine immunizations during the pandemic, which is putting families at risk and threatening to roll back. prevention of infectious diseases. The campaign will also focus its voices and healthcare communications efforts on the critical importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as the country grapples with an increase in infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
The campaign will leverage the trusted voices and uniquely qualified expertise of the more than 2,000 preventive medicine physicians who have decades of experience bridging the gap between medicine and public health in communities nationwide. and beyond. To emphasize the importance of vaccines and instill confidence in others, preventive medicine physicians clearly communicated: “We have confidence in our vaccines. You can be too! because nearly 100 percent of CMPA members report having received and encourage others to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Over the past year and a half, the COVID 19 pandemic has revealed significant challenges in effectively communicating complex health information that results in community adoption of safe and effective vaccines that prevent disease, disability and death. With so much conflicting information and misperceptions about vaccines, our patients and communities seek expert advice from sources they trust, ”said Dr. Tonette Krousel-Wood, President of the American College of Preventive Medicine. “The Vaccine Confid campaign provides the preventive medicine physician with a trusted voice on vaccines with extensive experience in both medicine and public health. We understand not only the individual clinical complexities, but also the broader impact of disease in communities and the social determinants that influence health outcomes. . “
Developed from solid science and backed by evidence-based research, vaccines overall are one of the most effective tools to protect health and save lives at the individual and population level. In fact, according to a recent study, vaccines saved 37 million lives worldwide between 2000 and 2019, or just about the entire population of Canada. 69 million more deaths are expected to be prevented by 2030 with vaccinations.
“For centuries deadly and crippling diseases such as measles, polio and smallpox have been slowed down and in some cases eradicated through the availability and use of vaccines. In 2021, we have a chance to stop this pandemic with safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, but that can only happen if we have confidence in vaccines that result in ‘gunshots’, “said Krousel-Wood.
The Vaccine Confid campaign will reach those on their vaccination journey deep in communities across the country with essential information to support decision making.
Provides an easy-to-understand guide to how vaccines work and their importance in our society; the website includes a public link for people to ask questions about vaccines to a team of prevention specialists. National Public Service Announcement: Highlights the successes of past vaccines in controlling or eradicating disease and making preventive medicine an expert voice. Vaccine Confidence Ambassadors: Activates a team of Vaccine Confidence Ambassadors in local communities across the country who can be used for speaking engagements and media interviews to answer questions and concerns about vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines.
The American College of Preventive Medicine (CMPA) is a professional medical society of approximately 2,000 physicians dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of individuals, families, communities and populations through the disease prevention and health promotion.
Preventive medicine physicians are saving lives, creating healthier communities and transforming our healthcare system.