Category Archives: Anti-Vax to Pro-Vax

  • The Crunchy Skeptics Changed My Mind

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    We started out following the doctor’s orders with our first baby—she received her first year’s vaccines on time. After a period of moving around a bit and coping with some family illness, we fell behind on immunizations, but did manage to catch my daughter up once we had settled in Texas. After a move to […]

  • The Unvaccinated Children We Love

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    “My sister-in law won’t vaccinated my nieces and nephews.” “My cousin has been posting anti-vaccine memes on Facebook.” “My best friend is convinced her child’s autism was caused by vaccines.” Voices for Vaccines receives many emails, but the ones about a loved one who is vaccine hesitant catch my attention first. Because of the volume […]

  • A Mother I Never Met Changed My Mind About Vaccines

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    Have you ever strolled by someone in the grocery store who smelled like she just walked out of a package of incense? That was me. I bathed in patchouli oil, smeared crystal rocks on my armpits (and let me tell ya’, people: it doesn’t work). I had Himalayan salt lamps and amber teething necklaces. You […]

  • Emerging from the Herd

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    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

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    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

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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 […]

  • We Learned the Hard Way

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    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

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    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

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    “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 […]