Category Archives: I Vaccinate Because

  • Talking about Rotary’s End Polio Mission

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    Rotary International has worked for decades to deliver polio vaccines to the most remote corners of the world in order to eradicate polio permanently from the globe. But what does this work entail? How do those vaccines actually get to the children who need them? And when will their work be done. To get answers to […]

  • Dr. Offit Talks Measles

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    Thus far in 2019, the United States has experienced nearly 1,000 cases of measles–and we can expect more. But when can we expect the outbreaks to end, and what can we do to make them end? For answers to these important questions, we turned to Dr. Paul Offit, who has expertise from decades as an […]

  • Something Even Worse: My Hib Story

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    “When Father Myers got up at Mass and told everyone to pray for Ben and Barbara’s daughter, MaryAnne, we thought you were never coming home again,” my sister Jan would say, wide-eyed and animated. I was MaryAnne, the subject of the prayers, but because I have my own memories of what happened that winter’s night […]

  • Mr. Lindenberger Goes to Washington, the Vax Talk Episode

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    As a high school senior, I made my first phone call to a doctor to schedule an appointment when I was sick. I only did so because my mother suggested I was old enough to use a phone and to maintain my own schedule, but I believe my mother still brought me to the clinic […]

  • 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 […]

  • Updates Galore from ACIP and D.C.

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    The past few weeks have been active in the vaccine advocacy world–and in the anti-vaccine activist movement. Normal things, such as the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) meeting and a U.S. Senate hearing have been viewed as nefarious by those who believe the United States vaccine program is part of some kind of profit-driven […]

  • Autism! Omnibus! Vaccines! Conspiracy!

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    Lately, I have noticed how anti-vaccine activists are using the law to shape how we are all talking about vaccines. Sometimes they file lawsuits, sometimes they fight legislation, and sometimes they claim malfeasance in past legal battles. On this last point, we have a recent claim by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an environmental lawyer by […]

  • What’s Up with HPV Vaccine Refusal?

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    The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine lags far behind other adolescent vaccines when it comes to immunization rates. In 2016, 60% of adolescents received at least one dose of HPV, while 88% received the vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. All of those diseases are serious, and HPV causes six types of cancer, so it […]

  • What You Need to Know About Flu

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    Every year, I post on social media asking who among my friends needs to be pestered to get a flu shot. And every year, some smart aleck tells me he isn’t getting one because he doesn’t believe in flu shots. So what about flu shots? Are they worth it? Is influenza even a big deal? […]

  • Fighting HPV and Cancer

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    The past three years have been grueling. During that time, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Adenocarcinoma at age 36.  I was a single mother with two children, ages 6 and 8.  I got the diagnosis in a roundabout way, as, unfortunately, many of us do.  I had had abnormal pap smears starting 8 years […]