Parents Who Vax

  • 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 […]

  • Angel’s Pertussis Story

    Not knowing if our little boy was going to make it was the worst. Looking back at the moment when his heart stopped, I remember feeling like my life was ending. I felt hopeless and guilty. I felt guilty, even though none of it was my fault. Angel was only a baby when he contracted […]

  • We Learned the Hard Way

    I’m writing this from quarantine, the irony of which isn’t lost on me. Emotionally, I’m a bit raw. Mentally, a bit taxed. Physically, I’m fine.  All seven of my unvaccinated children have whooping cough, and the kicker is that they may have given it to my five-month-old niece, too young to be fully vaccinated. We’d […]

  • 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 […]