Your Views: Wisconsin women have strong voices in family health
In today’s challenging economy, more women are working outside the home while continuing to have powerful voices on family matters. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates women make 80 percent of all family health care decisions. We’re also more likely to be caregivers if loved ones become ill.
As a result, preventing disease is top of mind for Wisconsin women. Our state has been a microcosm for the rest of the country when it comes to outbreaks and vaccine-preventable diseases. Measles in southern Wisconsin, mumps at UW-La Crosse and UW-Madison, whooping cough in central Wisconsin, meningitis—disease is all around us. We can risk exposure by doing nothing or become more informed through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites or simply by visiting a family doctor or community health clinic. It’s important to make an informed choice, especially when acting on behalf of your family.
The medical profession has worked for decades to promote the value of vaccinations. Vaccinations are the absolute best method we have for protecting our family members and overall community. I’m proud that my young children have been vaccinated.
Vaccination is only one of many health choices and discussions Wisconsin women need to have with their families. Yes, we’re working harder and longer, but we’ll continue to do it in a world that requires smart, compassionate and thoughtful decisions that protect the lives and health of our loved ones.