Stories are the way we share our experiences, values, and beliefs
Stories connect us and help us make sense of the world. Here at Vaccinate Your Family, we share personal stories to put a face on vaccine-preventable diseases that continue to threaten us, our loved ones, and our communities.
Science shows us that vaccines are safe, effective, and save lives
Along with sharing science-based information, storytelling is an important part of how we communicate with others. By sharing our stories, we can help educate others, reignite a culture of immunization, and shine a light on the life-saving power of vaccines!
Perhaps you or a loved one have been personally impacted by a vaccine-preventable disease, either through loss or survivorship. Or perhaps you have a personal story about how vaccines help keep you and your family safe and healthy. Whatever your reason, YOUR story is POWERFUL! Sharing it may even help save someone’s life.
You can share your story here.
Turn your story into action – Become an advocate!
Some individuals who’ve been personally impacted by a vaccine-preventable disease want to make a difference – even beyond sharing their story. Advocates can get involved in a variety of ways, ranging from writing a letter to your legislator to support strong immunization policies, to educating your friends and family about the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccines, to working with state-level immunization coalitions and community-based organizations.
Meet Some of Our Advocates!
Meet Joshua Garza
At 43-years-old, Joshua underwent a double lung transplant after being hospitalized with COVID-19. To encourage others to get vaccinated, he’s shared his story with CNN, ABC, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, and even testified in front of Congress.
Read Josh’s full story here.
Meet Maurine Neiman
Maurine lost her two-year-old son, JJ, to flu. As a research scientist and biology professor, she’s helping to educate others about the importance of community immunity. One area of particular interest for Maurine is why certain, otherwise healthy children may be predisposed to severe flu-related outcomes.
Read JJ’s full story here.
Meet Felicia Dube
Felicia lost her infant son, Carter, to pertussis – also known as whooping cough. Since that time, she’s been involved in a national awareness campaign called “Sounds of Pertussis” with celebrity NASCAR driver, Jeff Gordon. Her continued advocacy efforts over the years have helped others realize the importance of maternal and adult Tdap vaccination.
Read Carter’s full story here.