Parents Who Vax

  • Are You Smarter Than an MD? Play This Trivia Game!

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    It’s still National Immunization Awareness Month, which means Vax Talk is still having Game Show episodes all of August. Melody Butler, of Nurses Who Vaccinate fame, swung by the podcast and threw down the gauntlet, challenging Nathan to a trivia duel. Who knows more about vaccines and their history? Listen to find out. Thank you […]

  • Before They Were Preventable

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    When I was eleven years old I learned why my maternal grandmother and my mother have always been vehemently pro-vaccine. It was the day I was to get the vaccine to prevent HPV.  As we were on our way to our family doctor’s office, my grandmother asked me if I was scared. I wondered why […]

  • Vaccines, Baseball, and Da Vinci? NIAM-riffic.

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    It’s National Immunization Awareness Month! Continuing with our  GAME SHOW theme, we invited Keith Law to play Offit, Wakefield, or Dan Brown. I first met Keith on Twitter during a particular contentious battle against anti-vaccine activists. He is a follow-the-evidence guy, whether during his day job as an ESPN contributor and baseball stats expert, or […]

  • Troll or Be Trolled

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    You’ve seen the social media posts–people purposely trying to get on your nerves about vaccines. Sometimes, though, trolling is actually satirizing for a cause. We decided to have fun with some vaccine-related trolling tweets in a game we called Troll or Be Trolled You first met him on Facebook when he pretended to be customer […]

  • Ep. 32.1: Stop the Presses! NIAM 2019

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    It’s the first day of National Immunization Awareness Month, and we are all working with brand new themes this year. In celebration, we declared that our podcast, Vax Talk, would host game shows all month. Would you like to participate in a Vax Talk game show? Join our Facebook group to find out more. For […]

  • Talking about Rotary’s End Polio Mission

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    Rotary International has worked for decades to deliver polio vaccines to the most remote corners of the world in order to eradicate polio permanently from the globe. But what does this work entail? How do those vaccines actually get to the children who need them? And when will their work be done. To get answers to […]

  • Dr. Offit Talks Measles

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    Thus far in 2019, the United States has experienced nearly 1,000 cases of measles–and we can expect more. But when can we expect the outbreaks to end, and what can we do to make them end? For answers to these important questions, we turned to Dr. Paul Offit, who has expertise from decades as an […]

  • Something Even Worse: My Hib Story

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    “When Father Myers got up at Mass and told everyone to pray for Ben and Barbara’s daughter, MaryAnne, we thought you were never coming home again,” my sister Jan would say, wide-eyed and animated. I was MaryAnne, the subject of the prayers, but because I have my own memories of what happened that winter’s night […]

  • Celebrating 25 Years: NIIW and Measles Outbreaks

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    The saying goes, “What’s old is new again.” As National Infant Immunization Week turns 25 years old, the United States is seeing more measles cases than we have seen since 1994. The reasons for the large swaths of unvaccinated people who have led to measles outbreaks is different than it was 25 years ago, though, […]