Parents Who Vax

  • Coronavirus and the Cerveza for Disease Control

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    No vaccine for coronavirus exists (yet?), but learning about this newest emerging disease and watching how the epidemic is handled can teach us a lot about public health strategies that include vaccines. So we invited Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University, on to talk about coronavirus. Links from the episode: Interim CDC Flu […]

  • Noah Needs Community Immunity

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    Noah was two years old when we noticed that something was terribly wrong. We took him to the emergency room one night because he was unresponsive, limp, and starting to turn blue. We were sent home from the emergency room that night with a diagnosis of constipation and told to start him on Miralax. The […]

  • Monogamy is No Failsafe: HPV and Cervical Cancer

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    Editor’s note: This post deals with sexual matters, including non-consensual sexual assault and may not be suited for all audiences. I will always advocate for the HPV vaccine because I don’t want anyone else to go through what I’ve been through. I’ve heard people say the HPV vaccine isn’t necessary, that as long as you’re […]

  • Madi Survived Influenza, Barely

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    Shelle Allen’s healthy, happy daughter, Madi, was 12 years old when she asked to be picked up from a birthday party.  After a day, she figured Madi had “just the flu.” She never imagined that what would follow would be a months-long battle with influenza for Madi’s life. In the end, everything about their lives […]

  • Protect Me Later: Alternative Vaccine Schedules

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    We know that parents refusing vaccines is an area of concern for all of us, but more frequently, parents are asking doctors to give vaccines at a slower rate or in different combinations than the CDC recommends. What is behind these requests, and are these “alternative schedules” a good idea? We asked Dr. Paul Offit […]