Published on in Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers
We have all realized the effects of misinformation on health-related decision making, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, while it is frustrating to have a patient or family make a health-related decision based on misinformation, the reality is that this issue will not magically disappear. We live at a time when information — good or bad in quality — is widely available.
Recently, U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, and his team created a community toolkit to aide not only healthcare providers, but other centrally placed, trusted community leaders as they help people learn to separate good from bad information.
Check out these useful tools:
- 7 Common Types of Health Misinformation (infographic)
- Health Misinformation Checklist (infographic)
- Talk to Your Community About Health Misinformation (infographic)
- A Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation (22-page PDF)
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.