Parents Who Vax

  • To Those Opposed to Vaccinations

    When I was five, I got whooping cough (pertussis). It was horrible. Aside from nearly dying, I couldn’t stop coughing. I have a vivid memory of whooping so hard I jumped out of bed and starting running around the house, my poor mother chasing after me. I caught the measles when I was six. Despite […]

  • The Book That Had to be Written

    Like many people, I came to writing after a love affair with reading. The last book count in my house was over ten thousand. We have twenty-five “official” bookcases and a dozen more piles scattered everywhere else. And like many of my fellow writers, I don’t write so much as rewrite. I have changed the […]

  • Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

    Vaccine-preventable diseases are making a comeback in the US, and community immunity may be at risk. Less than 20 years ago, measles was declared eliminated in the US, as the disease was no longer native and all reported cases were imported from other countries. Now, there are record-breaking outbreaks of measles, mumps, and pertussis (whooping […]

  • Surviving Meningitis: Rayna’s Story

    They always say that your freshman year is the year that you find and discover yourself. For Easter break that year, I decided that I would go home for the first time that weekend. My basketball teammate, Fran, came home with me. We took the Greyhound bus from Blacksburg to Northern Virginia where my parents […]

  • Learning to Advocate

    I get a lot of emails every day, but my favorite emails come from other parents who are reaching out to me as a peer looking for insight into the anti-vaccine movement. Some want advice on how to counter a particularly annoying anti-vaccine blog. Others have family members who will not vaccinate their children. Still […]

  • Survey Says!

    A couple of weeks ago, we sent out a survey asking you the various parts of Voices for Vaccines. While this survey is far from scientific, it does reveal some of VFV’s strengths and some ways we need to reintroduce ourselves to you. It turns out that, among those surveyed, people often only have one […]