The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) kicked off the third year of the Vaccine Confident Campaign with a “Back to School” rally focusing on pediatric vaccines.
Pediatric vaccination rates have been decreasing, concerning leading experts about a potential rise in vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines are developed from science-based, evidence-supported research and are essential to improving health on a global scale. Not taking advantage of proven vaccines turns back the clock on prevention.

On September 18, Wendy Lane, MD, MPH, FACPM, FAAP, Pediatrician and Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and ACPM Board President Mirza Rahman, MD, MPH, FACPM, led a virtual forum of preventive medicine doctors to discuss getting pediatric patients back on schedule and into routine care as well as the importance of RSV, Flu and COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to make sure kids are healthy and in school. You can find a recording of the rally here

As children return to school, parents should consider checking with their pediatrician to confirm their children are caught up on scheduled vaccines, as well as considering available vaccines for RSV, Flu and COVID-19. The ACPM Vaccine Confident campaign is designed to create a dialogue about why preventive medicine physicians are confident in the science behind vaccines and their effectiveness. To learn more, visit and have your questions answered by a preventive medicine physician.
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