Category Archives: Becoming Pro-Vax

  • Say Something

    I can still see myself now standing in front of the closet with a baby in my arms. There was a blue dress with yellow flowers, perfect for my little girl hanging there. There were three crisp white shirts for my sons and three matching argyle vests, blue triangles, green triangles, perfect for Easter. Even though I knew […]

  • Nurses Vaccinate to Protect Families and Patients

    The best critical thinkers can fall victim to misinformation—even nurses like me. I was recently reminded of a time I had been misguided when I read a news report of a pregnant nurse who had refused a flu shot and was subsequently fired. She based her decision not to receive the flu vaccine on Internet […]

  • Leaving the Anti-Vaccine Movement

    I can’t tell you how I became pro-vaccine without first telling you how I became anti-vaccine. When my oldest daughter was about four months old, I discovered “crunchy” parenting. I entered a world full of cloth diapers, “intactivism,” and home birth. I made a lot of new friends who shared my beliefs about peaceful attachment […]

  • Growing Up Unvaccinated

    I am the 70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar til I was one, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy, we took daily supplements of vitamin […]

  • Getting with the Schedule: Slow-Vax to Pro-Vax

    I am the mother of a two-year-old girl and a nine-month-old girl. My pregnancy with my youngest was unexpected and filled with worry. I nearly suffered a miscarriage during the first trimester. At our 20 week ultrasound we were told Claire had an enlarged kidney, a marker for Down Syndrome. When Claire was born, she […]

  • Science is Real

    Of all the criticisms lobbed at me after I “came out” as pro-vaccine, by far my favorite is that I’m in the pocket of Big Pharma. If only! I don’t exactly know what happens to one who is in the pocket of Big Pharma, but I hope it involves a lot of gold chains with […]

  • A Science-Based View

    Today, instead of watching Jenny McCarthy make her debut on The View, I will be getting my annual influenza vaccine. As a registered nurse, I have been going in for my flu shot for 14 years now to protect myself, my patients, and society at large. Even though I am expecting my second child, I […]

  • Making the hard choice to protect

    My son, H, had his 12 month well visit one Friday where he received the pneumonia, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and Hepatitis A vaccinations. His fever started on Thursday. He woke up with it. He was less energetic than usual, less playful. Even the cone-sorting toy could not lure him to the floor for […]

  • Advocating for Benjamin

    It might seem like a simple thing to most people. You bring your child to the pediatrician, he or she say it’s time to get your child’s scheduled shots. You get those vaccines and leave. To me, that is what was always done. That is just what we did. I have three children. My daughters […]