Parents Who Vax

  • My Friend Al: An HPV Story

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    When he turned sixty, my friend Al went for his yearly physical and mentioned to the attending physician that he had a small lump on the side of his neck. The doctor didn’t seem concerned, but three months later the lump had grown. When they biopsied it, it turned out to be a HPV-positive throat […]

  • Ask Dr. Offit

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    I don’t know if Dr. Paul Offit (author and doctor in Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) counts as famous, but for many in the pro-vaccine world, he certainly appears to be so. What might surprise his fans is that he is as kind and generous as he is intelligent. A few years ago, […]

  • Five Years! A Letter of Thanks to You

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    Five years ago, Voices for Vaccines relaunched as a pro-vaccine parent organization. On a personal level, working with Voices for Vaccines these past five years has been an honor and almost always a true joy. The absolute best part of this job, and of my efforts to coalesce a pro-vaccine movement to do good, has […]

  • I Survived What Was Supposed to Kill Me

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    A few years before my diagnosis, I had seen many doctors for irregular bleeding and cramping. Sometimes my paps would come back abnormal and doctors would tell me I had low-grade cell changes on my cervix and that my body would fight it off. Other times I’d undergo an ultrasound to check for endometriosis, but […]

  • A Survivor Who Reminds Us to Prevent Cancer

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    Every parents’ life has been touched in some way by cancer. Whether they or their friends or their grandmothers or someone else has beaten or succumbed to some cancer, all parents know that cancer isn’t something to wish upon their worst enemy much less their own children. There are six cancers caused by HPV that […]

  • What Can I Do?

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    If you don’t know Tara Smith from Kent State, you should. That may be the main reason we asked her to be a guest on our most recent podcast. She’s smart, witty, and determined. But the excuse me made to have her on the podcast was a recent article she published, “Vaccine Rejection and Hesitancy: […]

  • Honoring One Life to Save Others

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    Kimberly Coffey was 17 years old and days away from high school graduation when she caught what she thought was a case of flu. Days later, her family was saying good-bye. Many families would keep this story to themselves, but Kimberly’s mother, Patti Wukovits, knew that she could do something to stop bacterial meningitis from […]