Parents Who Vax

  • Don’t Hesitate to Talk to Loved Ones

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    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

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    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 […]

  • 2015: The Year of the Pro-Vaxxer

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    2015 has been good to Voices for Vaccines, even though the year started with the Disneyland measles outbreak that spread to seven states as well as Mexico and Canada. The outbreak touched the lives of many people, including baby Mobius Loop, whose mother wrote a VFV blog post talking about his battle with measles. But […]

  • If I Had Gotten the Flu Shot

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    In recognition of CDC’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), Voices for Vaccines is participating in a blog relay with a “Focus on the Family” theme for NIVW. Each day, one of CDC’s Digital Ambassadors will encourage their readers to focus on protecting the family. You can follow the NIVW conversation on Twitter using hashtag #NIVW2015. […]

  • Scare Away the Flu

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    Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to use Pinterest to frighten off influenza? That’s what the forces at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and Voices for Vaccines asked themselves as the leaves started to turn and a scary crisp returned to the air. Now you can help us say boo to the […]

  • Kids Talk to Kids About Shots

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    Ethan Posard got his Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) booster on-camera, thanks to his older sister and the documentary film she was making at school, Invisible Threat. The vaccine (and the experience of learning about preventable diseases from his sister) led to a new kind of advocacy: kids talking to kids. Ethan, now fourteen, has published The Shots […]

  • When Private Choices Affect Public Health

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    Editor’s Note: A longer version of this piece originally appeared on Loura’s private blog. Several years ago, my state outlawed public smoking. As a non-smoker concerned with the terrible health risks of second-hand smoke, I was thrilled. My family could now eat at restaurants, go bowling, and watch a live baseball game without our eyes watering, our […]

  • Surviving Influenza: Nathan’s Story

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    On Friday, October 30th 2009, my son Nathan had just turned ten.  The next day, October 31st, he played in an early morning football game. I noticed he wasn’t running as fast as usual, and wasn’t giving it his all during that game. But I thought nothing of it, assuming he was just worn out […]