Parents Who Vax

  • Measles and My Sister

    At the end of February 1960, my sister, a precocious, healthy child was halfway through the fourth grade in Rockland County when she contracted measles from one of her classmates who lived right down the street from us. His case was among the approximately 999 uncomplicated cases reported prior to the 1963 measles vaccination program […]

  • I Grew Up in an Anti-Vaccine Cult

    My parents were brought up listening to the radio broadcasts and reading the literature of the Worldwide Church of God, a cult/fringe religion that was developed from a mishmash of Seventh Day Adventist doctrine, revived Old Testament traditions, and prophecies/conspiracy theories about what happened to the Israelites and when Armageddon would rain down on Earth. […]

  • Play It Safe

    You know the scenario. You are sitting at your new playgroup with your toddler talking to a mom you have just met when the discussion somehow turns to vaccines. You assume that since almost everyone vaccinates their children, this mom does, too. But you are wrong, and she starts saying the anti-vaccine things you have […]

  • Future Pharmacists for Vaccines

    As our need for greater access to vaccines increases, immunizing partners such as pharmacists become more important. So it is particularly exciting that univeristy pharmacy programs are taking the job of educating our future pharmacists about vaccines seriously. After all, giving a vaccine is about more than just knowing how to administer an injection. Pharmacists are […]

  • My Baby Has Measles

    The last week has been such a whirlwind. It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that the very first time my four-month-old son Mobius got sick, it was with the measles. I am incredibly thankful that he has been recovering beautifully, but still frustrated that it ever happened. My husband Chris and I […]

  • Organize a Pro-Vaccine Playgroup

    Recent measles outbreaks have highlighted to parents of young children how important high immunization rates in their neighborhoods and social circles are. Some parents still feel uncertain about checking up on the vaccination status of their children’s playmates, and parents with babies too young to be immunized worry about relying on others to protect them. […]

  • Tikkun Olam: Emily’s Story

    My journey began one Thursday night at about 10:00 p.m.  Until  I lived in somewhat of a bubble.  I felt invincible.  I felt blessed with the life I was living, and took every opportunity to practice what we call “tikkun olam,” which is a Hebrew phrase meaning “to repair the world.” That evening, January 31st, […]

  • We Can Be Complacent No More

    If you are measles, 2015 is treating you well, thanks in large part to vaccine hesitancy. As of this writing, there are nearly 60 cases of measles linked to visits people made to Disneyland before Christmas. Because Disneyland is a tourist destination, the cases are spread across six states and Mexico–and spreading fast enough that […]