Category Archives: Anti-Vax to Pro-Vax

  • Right On Time

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    With my first child, I chose to delay and selectively vaccinate. I considered myself reasonably well-informed, and saw this as a way to mitigate perceived risks. However, when my daughter turned one, still behind on her jabs, I wavered on vaccinating her at all and eventually decided not to continue her immunizations, even on the […]

  • I Got Myself Vaccinated

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    I am part of a family of five, and neither me nor my siblings received any childhood or adolescent vaccines. My mom is somewhat of a unique anti-vaxxer, in the sense that she believes that the use of vaccinations means we are being too human-centered and are harming other species on the planet as a […]

  • I Changed My Mind; Now Let’s Change Our Laws

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    I know those people out on the steps of state capitols across the country protesting proposed immunization laws. They are scared and misinformed. I know because I used to be one of them. They aren’t stupid or uncaring. They love their children just as much as you and I do, but many are filled with […]

  • A Horrible Cough and My Vaccination Education

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    I guess it all started with my fascination with herbal medicine and other alternative healing practices. I had a very nice and sizeable herbal remedy bookshelf, the pride of which was my ‘The Green Pharmacy‘ by Dr James D. Duke. I’ll come back to that in a bit. I also used ‘Healing Foods‘ by Miriam […]

  • 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 […]