Encourage School Vaccinations with Prewritten Letters to the Editor
By Tammy Wishard

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As you know, virtual and in-person classes are under way or will soon start in schools across Texas, so it’s important that students be up to date with vaccinations.

To help you spread the word to families who might have missed or avoided vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise – ImmunizeSM program and the Texas Pediatric Society have created four prewritten letters to the editor you can send to your local newspaper.

You also can write your own letter or customize the prewritten letters, especially if you have local statistics or stories to include. Be sure to check word limits for the newspaper, which usually are around 150 words for a letter to the editor.

If you have a personal relationship with a newspaper editor, you might want to ask if you can submit a longer commentary. These tips for writing a letter to the editor provide additional information.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so this is the perfect time to send one of the letters.

Be Wise – Immunize offers a variety of resources for physicians, including a new Vaccination Social Media Toolkit, CME, and vaccination infographics in English and Spanish. And be sure to check out other ways to get involved with Be Wise.

Be Wise – Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians, medical students, and the TMA Alliance. It is funded in 2020 by the TMA Foundation, thanks to major support from H-E-B and Permian Basin Youth Chavarim.

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

Last Updated On

August 20, 2020

Tammy Wishard

Outreach Coordinator, Division of Communication

(512) 370-1470
Tammy Wishard

Tammy Wishard is TMA’s outreach coordinator. She manages TMA's award-winning Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — Immunize programs, and the Anson Jones, MD, Awards for excellence in health reporting. She has a 20-plus-year history with TMA, where she started as a writer/editor. Tammy, an Iowa native, is a graduate of Abilene Christian University.

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