Parents Who Vax

  • Scare Away the Flu

    Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to use Pinterest to frighten off influenza? That’s what the forces at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and Voices for Vaccines asked themselves as the leaves started to turn and a scary crisp returned to the air. Now you can help us say boo to the […]

  • Kids Talk to Kids About Shots

    Ethan Posard got his Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) booster on-camera, thanks to his older sister and the documentary film she was making at school, Invisible Threat. The vaccine (and the experience of learning about preventable diseases from his sister) led to a new kind of advocacy: kids talking to kids. Ethan, now fourteen, has published The Shots […]

  • When Private Choices Affect Public Health

    Editor’s Note: A longer version of this piece originally appeared on Loura’s private blog. Several years ago, my state outlawed public smoking. As a non-smoker concerned with the terrible health risks of second-hand smoke, I was thrilled. My family could now eat at restaurants, go bowling, and watch a live baseball game without our eyes watering, our […]

  • Surviving Influenza: Nathan’s Story

    On Friday, October 30th 2009, my son Nathan had just turned ten.  The next day, October 31st, he played in an early morning football game. I noticed he wasn’t running as fast as usual, and wasn’t giving it his all during that game. But I thought nothing of it, assuming he was just worn out […]

  • All About That Vax

    August is National Immunization Awareness Month, the month set aside for reminding parents to get their babies, older children, teenagers, and themselves vaccinated. While Voices for vaccines is always all about vaccines, most people simply go in for immunizations and never give vaccines a second thought. This month, let’s get everyone talking to their friends, family, […]

  • My Baby Had Measles: Mobius Update

    Earlier this year my 4-month-old son Mobius was part of the Disneyland measles outbreak. It’s been a stressful ordeal, but he’s been recovering beautifully. He had some complications with his eyes, but my bouncing 9-month-old is doing wonderfully! He’s crawling, cruising, climbing, and chewing on anything and everything. He loves blowing raspberries (and eating them, […]

  • The Dreadful Swiftness of Disease

    It was September of 1951, the year I was born. I was only five months old — too young to remember the details — but as I grew older I watched the aftermath. My mother often told me the story of the worst day of her life. My brother, Mike, was in kindergarten. It was […]