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Did you know 95% of Kansans believe in routine immunizations? We were thrilled to share the results of this bi-partisan immunization poll for Kansas at this national conference this week, and to be a model for other states to follow suit. It’s important to have a pulse on real public opinion, as it impacts state policies.
Learn more about this poll’s key findings at www.nurturekc.org/solutions/immunization#survey

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Sadly, infant deaths in KC, MO are well above the national average and Black babies are more than twice as likely to pass away.* Please help us spread the word that September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Nurture KC educates families on safe sleep practices for babies to save lives and helps families who have experienced an unimaginable loss. Learn more at www.nurturekc.org/issues/infant-mortality/.

*Source: City of Kansas City, Missouri Health Department
Black Infant Mortality Rate – 9.4 out of 1,000 live births
White Infant Mortality Rate – 3.9 out of 1,000 live births
All Infant Mortality Rates – 6.3 out of 1,000 live births

National Infant Mortality Rate – 5.4 out of 1,000 live births (per CDC)

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For Immunization Awareness Month, our MAIC members have been sharing their “Why We Care about Vaccination” stories. These graphics will continue to appear on Nurture KC’s social media channels to increase public awareness about immunization.

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The Mid America Immunization Coalition (MAIC) hosted a webinar featuring a former anti-vax mom, who is now pro-immunization. Lydia Greene shared her moving journey. Here’s a snippet …

“I fell for the anti-vax rhetoric and into the rabbit hole of vaccine misinformation. SIDS, autism, allergies. I became consumed by awful stories without scientific backing. I believed these parents and supposed health professionals. I believed I was saving my child,” Lydia says. “Then I started reading scientific rebuttals to many of the talking points I heard over and over. The facts and evidence don’t lie. Although it took some time, I pulled myself out of fear, did the research and learned the facts. I talked with a nurse who worked with me to get my kids back on track with vaccines. Now, I no longer feel nervous. I’m just happy to protect the health of my kids through immunization.”

MAIC is a program of Nurture KC. Learn more at nurturekc.org/solutions/immunization/#maic.

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