Dear Friend of CFI:
Flu season is upon us. Each year, this nasty virus infects millions of people, making them feel absolutely lousy. But that’s not the worst of it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza causes the deaths of 12,000 to 79,000 people annually. And this is just one of numerous diseases that can be prevented with vaccines.
Influenza is serious business, and we can’t allow antiscientific misinformation to undermine vaccination rates and put people at risk.
U.S. Representative Kim Schrier has introduced legislation to help stem the tide of fearmongering against vaccines. The Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act (H.R. 2862) provides the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with tools to strengthen vaccination rates through a better understanding of how and why some Americans decline to vaccinate and by educating the public about vaccine science.
H.R. 2862 creates a national system to track immunization rates and provides for research grants to study the causes of “vaccine hesitancy” in our society. In addition, it creates a public education campaign to deliver accurate, evidence-based vaccine information to the public and establishes quantitative benchmarks to measure its success.
This legislation is an important step forward for public health. Will you tell your representative to support H.R. 2862?
Take action with us! Use our webform to contact your representative and tell them to support this legislation. If you prefer to call your representative, you can find their office phone number by calling (202) 224-3121.
Director of Government Affairs
Center for Inquiry
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