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
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 Print
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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.