Ask the VEC: Getting Involved in Public Health

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Q. I am not a doctor or a professional in the field, but I would like to get involved in supporting public health initiatives. Are there things I can do?

A. There are many opportunities for non-medical professionals to get involved with public health and vaccine advocacy. For example:

  • Write letters to newspapers, websites and political figures in support of public health issues such as vaccinations, child health, clean drinking water, etc.
  • Speak with others in your community about public health matters and their importance.
  • Follow and promote worthwhile organizations and advocates on your social media channels.
  • Volunteer your time and skills to organizations doing public health work or advocacy. A few related to vaccinations and infectious diseases include Every Child By Two, Families Fighting Flu, Meningitis Angels, National Meningitis Association, PKIDs, and Voices for Vaccines.
  • Make donations to organizations completing work in areas of public health.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.