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Vaccine Myths, Parents and Health Information

Vaccine Myths, Parents and Health Information

by Ginny Heller, WithinReach Program Manager

KING5.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 12:49 AM

WithinReach works to promote immunization as an underlying foundation to family and community health.  While there is good news in our state’s most recent childhood immunization rates (75%) there is still concerns about disease outbreak – an example is the 2012 whooping cough epidemic – and public trust of vaccines.

In this field of public health, WithinReach is very aware of the misinformation that gets circulated every day about the safety of vaccines.  The risks of vaccines fill the discussion more than the risks of disease because the diseases are not visible due to the success of immunizations.  WithinReach is building trust in the good science behind vaccines and creating candid community dialogues about their benefits to individuals and communities.

WithinReach is excited to have, author, Seth Mnookin in Seattle in April and talk about his book the Panic Virus.  His book takes an in-depth look at the science and the controversy surrounding vaccines – he brings a voice to the issue of trust, science, and the role of media.  Seth draws on interviews with parents, public-health advocates, scientists, and anti-vaccine activists to tackle the question behind the truth about vaccines.

As an agency dedicated to the health of families in Washington, WithinReach cares about this issue and want parents to have accurate, reliable information about the value of vaccines and risks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Please join WithinReach at Town Hall April 23 at 7:30 p.m.  for an important conversation about vaccines with author Seth Mnookin and Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson.  For more information, go to http://www.withinreachwa.org/vaccine_myths_event_2013

 

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