Rochester, NY (WHAM) – Some local doctors, following a measles outbreak in New York, are looking for unique ways to spread the message about vaccines.
UR Medicine and pediatricians recently made a video to get the message across. Today, a pediatric office takes a different approach.
Pediatric forensic assistant Kate Shand said the idea came from a single one – images that were often light – and turned into a t-shirt.
Shand said she posted a photo of her colleagues wearing the t-shirt on Facebook, which allowed them to gain ground. She said that 17,000 people had been touched in a few days and that she had received positive messages.
"The anti-vaccine movement has such a voice that the pro-vaccine movement has to do it," Shand said.
The message on t-shirts is simple: vaccines are the cause of adults.
"It's a bit of a vaccine game that causes autism, which they do not do. They cause adults, "said Shand. "Healthy children are vaccinated and become healthy adults."
The shirts were printed for free by Crazy Dog T-Shirts in Rochester. The owner, Bill Kingston, said the store had already filled about twenty orders of shirts.
"The entire staff wore the shirts and they were incredibly popular," said Kingston. She called me and said everyone wants these t-shirts. They are awesome. We thought about it and thought it might be a voice for people on the vaccination side. "
Dr. Janet Casey, pediatrician at Legacy Pediatrics, said this bold statement should be taken seriously.
"Children are suffering from vaccine-preventable diseases, which should not happen in 2019," said Dr. Casey. One of the most important aspects for pediatricians and other health professionals is to move forward and spread the message as loud as possible: vaccines save lives. "
Legacy Pediatrics plans to sell t-shirts at the office. They announced that they would donate all proceeds to a charity to help poor countries access vaccines.