Category Archives: Anti-Vax to Pro-Vax

  • Emerging from the Herd

    I was raised in a family where it was traditional to challenge authority and the status quo, to buck trends and conventions, and to always ask questions. I had friends who didn’t vaccinate their children, and family members who questioned the number and spacing of vaccines on the current schedule. So I went into motherhood […]

  • Manipulated by Fear

    Although it’s hard for me to admit—and makes me feel vulnerable—I was previously anti-vaccine. As a young first-time mother seven years ago, I had had my daughter vaccinated according to schedule up until she turned one. That’s when I stumbled upon the anti-vaccine crowd on the Internet. I was easily sucked in. I was easily […]

  • Don’t Hesitate to Talk to Loved Ones

    One of the most common messages I get at Voices for Vaccines comes from someone who has a friend or family member whose children are either partially or completely unvaccinated. The inclination is that as a trusted loved one, this advocate believes she can change the minds of the vaccine-hesitant people in her life. Our advocates […]

  • I Used To Be Anti-Vaccine

    I am part of a generation that feels its government has lied to its citizens time and time again. From the rationale and controversial evidence leading to the invasion of Iraq to the allegations about the NSA, it’s easy to become jaded. In fact, when I learned about these things, at a young age, my mind […]

  • 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 […]

  • How my Son Helped Me Accept Vaccines

    I am a parent who did not vaccinate my children when they were young.  I delivered my four children at home.  I have the strongest, healthiest, most beautiful babies.  My third-born son, Jacob, was born smaller than the other three children. I did not think anything of it because I felt he would catch up.  […]

  • How My Daughter Taught Me that Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism

    “It’s fun to watch you both grow up,” the doctor said, putting a Band-Aid over the site where my three-year-old daughter had just received the MMR vaccine. At first, I bristled at her condescension, at the idea that I somehow still had growing up to do. But it was true. When I’d first visited her […]

  • A Nurse Practitioner’s Journey Leaving the Anti-Vaccination Movement

    As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I have given thousands of vaccines to children. But most people don’t know something very important about me. I have a history with vaccinations that I have kept quiet for a long time. I was anti-vaccinations I am the first born of four children to wonderful parents. My mom and […]

  • I was Duped by the Anti-Vaccine Movement

    My journey into the anti-vaccination scene began when I became pregnant with my one and only child. It all started when I watched the documentary The Business of Being Born and decided to pursue a home-birth midwife. After months of searching, I found one in my area who agreed to take me under her care. […]

  • From Anti-Vax to Pro-Vax: Natural Parenting Perspective

    Almost seven years ago my journey in motherhood began. My son was born into this world in our bedroom, though it left him scarred (a severe obstetric brachial plexus injury). And while he should have been whisked away to a hospital and promptly given a Vitamin K shot (he was a severe shoulder dystocia with major hematoma on his […]