March for Science, Chant for Vaccines
Apr 17, 2017

If there is one thing we can all get behind, it’s science!

Without science, we would not have vaccines.  And without vaccines, we could not have prevented more than 103 million cases of childhood diseases in the United States between the years of 1924 and 2013

To show our collective support for science, there will be a March for Science this Saturday, April 22nd in Washington, D.C., and in 425+ satellite locations around the world. The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments. The March is supported by a broad, nonpartisan and diverse coalition of organizations and individuals who wish to stand up for science and advocate for evidence-based policymaking, science education, research funding, and inclusive and accessible science.

If you value vaccines and plan to show your support for science by marching this Saturday,  we hope you’ll consider preparing some catchy chants, printing some pro-vaccine posters, and wearing some vaccine-lovin’ t-shirts or pins as suggested below.

Put Vaccines in a Chant#VaxChant

No one marches in silence, so why not come up with some clever chants to highlight the value of vaccines?  To help get the creative juices flowing, Every Child By Two and various other vaccine advocacy organizations are initiating a Vaccine Chant Challenge (#VaxChant).  Put “vaccines” in a chant and post your suggestions on social media using the hashtag #VaxChant or post as a comment below.  We’ll be sharing and retweeting your chants from our @ShotofPrev and @EveryChildBy2 Twitter accounts throughout the week.

Here are a few examples to get you thinking

2, 4, 6, 8, Everybody vaccinate!

Vaccines work. Vaccines save lives. It is wise to immunize!

Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Vaccine exemptions have got to go.

Posters To PrintNot Vaccinated?No Kisses! Poster Purple.jpg

There are lots of pro-vaccine images that you can print and use as posters while you march.  Simply email Every Child By Two at to request high-resolution images like the one pictured here from our Vaccinate Your Family program.

Join the Herd

If you’re headed to Washington, D.C., sign up to meet other vaccine advocates, like State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, author of California’s pro-vaccine legislation SB 277.

Order Your Wears

There are plenty of science inspired messages that have been printed on t-shirts, pins and other items that you can wear to show your support of science and vaccines throughout the year.  Here are a few sites to get you started:

The March for Science Store

Voices for Vaccines CafePress Store

Vaccinate California Shop

Throughout the week, we’ll be promoting vaccine science resources here on Shot of Prevention and on our Vaccinate Your Family Facebook page.  Please share these messages with your social networks to help educate others about the science behind vaccines and the benefit of vaccinating throughout the lifespan.

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24 responses to “March for Science, Chant for Vaccines”

  1. […] April 22nd in Washington D.C. March for Science will be showing collective support for the essential role evidence-based information plays in our health, legislation, research and more.  In a day where fake news and misinformation can wreak so much havoc, particularly on vaccines, this is a vital message to convey.  So create some posters, put on your walking shoes and get more ideas and information on this event from Shot of Prevention. […]

  2. bscrimm says:

    March for Science is not about blindly supporting vaccines….it’s about doing continued research needed to assess the risk/benefit of vaccines, to improve protocols for administering vaccines, and to examine long-term effects. It means ongoing independent research — not research conducted by or funded by the companies who manufacture the vaccines, companies who heavily influence political policies to enhance their profits. March for Science is focused on “taking back science” — focusing on raw data that hasn’t been skewed by corporate interests, media, and political bias. It means resisting pay-offs to universities and scientists to create studies to support corporate/political interests. Please think carefully about how you will word your vaccine posters — vaccines for all tends to be a political stance — better to create a poster which supports real research and allows that data to be available to citizens and policy makers so that good health is truly a priority.

  3. Lawrence says:

    No one is “blindly” supporting vaccines.

    Instead, we rely on an understanding of the decades of research, done globally, which show that vaccines are both extremely safe and extremely effective.

  4. Lawrence says:

    And vaccines are good public policy – very much in line with the “Promoting the General Welfare” mentioned in the preamble to the Constitution.

    It is anti-vaxers who are trying to politicize what should be a bipartisan issue.

  5. Jessie says:

    “Not vaccinated? No kisses!”
    You really shouldn’t be kissing the recently vaccinated.

  6. Jessie says:

    Absolutely no proof of this… “And without vaccines, we could not have prevented more than 103 million cases of childhood diseases in the United States between the years of 1924 and 2013. ”

  7. Jessie says:

    “The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.”

    Perfect for the new Vaccine Safety Commission headed up by JFK Jr.

  8. Lawrence says:

    Any particular reason you keep repeating easily refuted lies, Jessie?

  9. Chris says:

    Jessie: “Perfect for the new Vaccine Safety Commission headed up by JFK Jr.”

    Unfortunately that young man died several years ago when the plane he was flying with his wife and her sister:

  10. Jessie; thanks for providing the two weblinks; I find it difficult (to say the least) which to find similar valid data like you provided. I do not believe global vaccination is the correct approach, and is why I visited this website, thinking “March for Science” were able to provide accurate information. Please let me know if you have other resources. Kind regards.

  11. Lawrence says:

    Why isn’t global vaccination the right approach?

    Diseases don’t recognize national borders.

  12. Lawrence; I’ll answer your question with a another. Why is it that funds are made available for vaccinations, with the good intention of building immunity, yet there are not nearly enough funds available to supply the same under-served and least fortunate populations with clean, safe drinking water, and continuous foods which support immune function? Why are vaccinations being mandated in industrialized countries (like the United States) where certain dis-ease are no longer threatening public health?

    Lastly, why are pharmaceutical companies, vaccine manufacturers, and distributors not held liable, if in fact the the U.S. Supreme Court determined vaccines are unavoidably unsafe? Why is it each time I’ve asked physicians or health care professionals for access to the ingredient label or accompanied (information booklet) they are unable or refuse to provide the information. There is increased vaccination hesitancy for many reasons.

  13. Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH says:

    @ alwayssome

    First, I agree that the developed world should help the Third World with more funding and technical assistance for clean, safe water, and food; but these aren’t mutually exclusive with vaccinations. All three are essential. Safe water will prevent waterborne diseases and good nutrition will help our bodies fight off diseases; but not always. Some microbes are just as dangerous regardless of how well nourished someone is. And even if a well nourished person is able to fight off a disease, not much fun. Much better to not get it at all.

    As for why vaccines are mandated in countries where diseases are “no longer threatening public health,” as long as these diseases exist in the world, our public health is threatened. In 1988, polio struck the Amish community, crippling a number of children. The Amish subsequently did allow polio vaccination of their children. If we stopped vaccinating tomorrow, within a couple of years, we could be ripe for major epidemics. We are just a plane flight away from many diseases. One outbreak of measles was an unvaccinated American child visiting Switzerland and being infected by an unvaccinated Turkish child visiting his relatives. Fortunately, the outbreak was small because most American children are vaccinated.

    Manufacturers are normally not held liable for vaccines if they manufacture them according to accepted standards. Since the risks from vaccines is minuscule compared to the risks from the natural diseases, the Vaccine Court steps in and almost bends over backwards to give the benefit of the doubt to the plaintiffs. However, not for conditions that a multitude of international studies have found not to be associated with vaccines. And one can still sue manufacturers after the Vaccine Court has ruled; but suing manufacturers can take many years and even if one wins, lawyers take a big chunk; whereas the Vaccine Court pays lawyer fees and even witnesses and the amounts going directly to the family are quite generous. Because the Vaccine Court pays lawyer and witness fees, lawyers who might not have taken a case because it was a long shot are willing to take such cases. And, if the vaccine was improperly manufactured, then all bets are off and one can go directly after the manufacturer. Since vaccines are a key part of public health, the Vaccine Court was created because manufacturers were discontinuing the manufacture of vaccines because of so many lawsuits. Even though most were won, the costs of defending were enormous and the profit margin on vaccines is much much smaller than other pharmaceuticals. And just one lawsuit lost put a company out of business or, at the least, lose them their marginal profits for several years. And the problem is that juries often don’t follow the law, feel sorry for the child, and award sometimes unbelievable sums. For the problems of allowing juries to determine science, I suggest you read Marcia Angell’s book: “Science on Trial”.

    As for the ingredients in vaccines, I don’t know who you talked to or where you looked; but I’ve NEVER had any problem finding them. As for Vaccine Safety, I suggest you go to: Click on Vaccine Safety research. Then go to: Type in “Vaccine Safety” and you will find 16088 listed articles.

    I saw in the comments at the beginning of this exchange a couple of websites giving articles on vaccines and autism, etc. The problem is that if one does a number of studies, some small number by chance alone will find positive results. Chance really means that some one or more other variables not taken into account caused the results. This is why science not only requires good sound methodology; but replication. The more the better. As an example, imagine a double blind randomized trial testing some drug against a placebo for some disease. The drug comes out better on some measures; but could one, even with randomization have gotten more people with a milder case of the disease in one group compared to the other. YES; but if different researchers run similar studies on a different population, perhaps, in another country, and get the same results, the chance that both sets of randomization would get the milder disease in the groups given the drug would be slim and if a third and fourth study, etc. So, after many studies if one or two differ, more than likely it was because despite randomization, the groups differed despite randomization.

    The trouble with you and many others is that you don’t really understand scientific method and especially how one makes causal inferences. You find one or two websites that cherry pick studies and you accept them as legitimate; but a legitimate review of studies in a field will go through all of them, positive and negative, discuss their respective methodologies, strengths and weaknesses, and, though drawing some tentative conclusion, as all science is tentative, will list all the studies, etc. so the reader can also judge. Not what antivaccinationist articles and websites do.

  14. Chris says:

    alwayssometimesweb: “…yet there are not nearly enough funds available to supply the same under-served and least fortunate populations with clean, safe drinking water, and continuous foods which support immune function? ”

    “Why are vaccinations being mandated in industrialized countries (like the United States) where certain dis-ease are no longer threatening public health?”

    They are not being “mandated.” They are being required to access public school. If you don’t like it, then homeschool. In your case, please hire someone to teach your kids to spell and exercise basic logic.

    The reasons many diseases no longer seen much anymore is because we vaccinate. Though there are several that are circulating these days due to reduction in vaccination. This includes measles, mumps and pertussis. Though unless a disease has been eradicated from this planet (like smallpox), there is a chance of someone getting in the USA getting infected due to the existence of airplanes. Being “industrialized” does not protect anyone from several vaccine preventable diseases.

    Please thank your responsible neighbors who protect your family from measles, Hib, polio, rotavirus, chicken pox, etc because they actually vaccinate. They increase the community immunity of your community from several diseases (but not tetanus!), and because of them you are getting a free ride. But that often breaks down because like minded folks hand together, which increases the chance of actually getting infected.

    Though since you liked the paper on vaccination done in Guinea-Bissau thirty years ago, you should go move there. Live on the economy and see how it is so much better to live in a country where the average lifespan is just 51 years old where dengue, yellow fever (there is a vaccine for that), malaria, rabies and various waterborne diseases is very high. (from the CIA World Factbook). Anyway, good luck with that.

  15. Lawrence says:

    I will also point out that the US Supreme Court specifically REJECTED the term “unavoidably unsafe” in their decision.

    Anti-vaxers continue to misrepresent the 2011 decision.

  16. Katy Rose says:

    Speaking of science, a friend of mine told me that they don’t use a true placebo in the control group in vaccine testing. Is this true? She posted this video of a guy asking Senator Pan the same question. If anybody knows about vaccine testing, please reply.

  17. Lawrence says:

    Phase I & Phase II Clinical trials always include placebo testing, since they are designed specifically for safety and efficacy testing purposes.

    I would also recommend not using blatantly anti-vax resources for your information.

  18. Katy Rose says:

    Thank you lawrence. Do you have any specific resources I can use stating that the placebo is in fact a true placebo (like saline solution) and not other vaccines, etc? This is her claim. I didn’t see anything in the two links you provided above.

  19. Lawrence says:

    Katy – I had a link which would have been helpful, but it appears to have disappeared into moderation.

    Let me ask a question in return – does your friend understand what a “placebo” actually is & the context of the question, or is she just repeating an anti-vax talking point?

    Because, there are situations in which vaccines are tested against other vaccines (how else would you tell the difference in safety and efficacy?) and there are situations where vaccines are tested with a placebo (again, phase I & phase II clinical trials include this as part of the standard process).

    Also, the largest “placebo vs. vaccine” study was done with the Salk vaccine – though today, it isn’t something that we would replicate (given the long track record of vaccine safety).

    Anti-vaxers tend not to understand the process or science behind how vaccines are created, tested and used – so they’ll instead ask questions which serve as “dog-whistles” for anti-vax talking points. So, unless your friend can clearly articulate exactly why her question is important or vital, then I imagine she’s just repeating what she saw online, without context.

  20. Leon of the high says:

    Yes you are a herd of sheep that is accurate. There is absolutely no sound science in vaccines. I am in full support of science love science but this is not science this is propaganda.

  21. Lawrence says:

    That’s a pretty bold (and baseless) statement.

    Care to back it up?

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