Category Archives: Doctors and Nurses

  • Graduating? You Are Responsible for Your Immunizations!

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    As you graduate high school or start work or college, getting protected against vaccine-preventable diseases probably isn’t very high on your to-do list. Once you realize that these diseases, like measles, flu, and meningococcal meningitis, etc., might in the best case scenario just keep you out of school for a few weeks, but can also […]

  • A Nurse Practitioner’s Journey Leaving the Anti-Vaccination Movement

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    As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I have given thousands of vaccines to children. But most people don’t know something very important about me. I have a history with vaccinations that I have kept quiet for a long time. I was anti-vaccinations I am the first born of four children to wonderful parents. My mom and […]

  • Measles and Cancer: A Wake-Up Call

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    The subject of vaccination is both a personal and a professional issue for me. After my daughter was born, there was never any question that we would vaccinate. Of course we worried about a rare adverse event, and seeing that sweet baby flesh poked by needles made us more upset than our daughter. As a physician, however, I […]

  • Nurses Vaccinate to Protect Families and Patients

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    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 […]