Category Archives: I Vaccinate Because

  • The Unfamous Brother: Vaccinating On-Time Matters

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    Dr. Peter Sears is the not-famous brother of Dr. Jim and Dr. Bob Sears and a family physician. He is also an strong advocate for on-time immunization, even as his brother Bob is perceived as having close ties with the anti-vaccine world. We invited Dr. Peter to the podcast to talk about alternative schedules, ingredient […]

  • How I Went From Dressing up as Measles to Hoping for My COVID Vaccines

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    I am a nobody to most people, but back in 2019 and the beginning of 2020, I was a viral anti-vaccine “influencer.” Was? Let me explain. I was fully vaccinated as a child. Shots for my brothers and me were just an expected and dreaded routine. They hurt, but then they were done. In 2011, […]

  • Let’s Ask Dr. Stanley Plotkin About These COVID-19 Vaccines

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    Millions of people have received a COVID-19 vaccine, which gives us a lot of information about the safety of these vaccines. We asked Dr. Stanley Plotkin, inventor of the rubella vaccine and co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine, to join us to answer our questions and to make some predictions. Links from podcast: Wisconsin pharmacist V-Safe […]

  • The First Shot Against COVID-19

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    I have enrolled in a #COVIDvaccine trial and last week got my first shot.  This wasn’t always my plan, though. I had a surprising amount of hesitancy early on, so I want to share how I worked through it. As an avid advocate who believes that vaccines save lives, I found myself personally and professionally […]

  • Dr. Offit Talks COVID-19 Vaccines

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    It’s here! The COVID-19 vaccine is going into people’s arms as you read the letters in this post. Listen, this pandemic has been difficult in a way that redefines the word “difficult,” so let’s take some time to feel grateful that we have a vaccine being delivered. But we are guessing that you still have […]

  • Tracking the Anti-Vaccine Movement

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    The anti-vaccine movement is as old as vaccines, but the modern movement began with concerns about the whole-cell pertussis vaccine and seizures. It famously later morphed into the primary purveyor of disinformation related to autism. Lately, however, the anti-vaccine movement more like a media empire and looks more like male-driven operation. How did they get […]

  • Our Natural Lifestyle Didn’t Prevent Flu

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    Have you heard that children who breastfeed don’t really need the flu shot? Or that good nutrition and immune support (elderberry, vitamin C, etc.) provide better protection than the vaccine? That, for healthy people, is the flu shot riskier than the flu? Then this story might be interesting to you. I was still breastfeeding my two-year-old […]

  • I Fought the (Anti-Vaccine) Law

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    Vaccine science is now fairly widely understood in the media and the general public, so where does someone wanting to spread disinformation about vaccines turn? To court. We invited UC Hastings professor of law, Dorit Reiss, to our show to discuss what sorts of lawsuits are being filed, why they are being filed, and how […]

  • Can I quote you on that?

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    As we all wrap up National Immunization Awareness Month, Karen talks to loyal listener Amy about her son’s organ transplant and then quizzes her to see if she can spot a fake quote about vaccines versus a real one. Karen and Nathan also talk about de-platforming, especially the de-platforming of a certain disease from an […]

  • HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

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    A couple of years ago I was waiting in a clinic to see my physician for a normal well check.  When a nurse I had never met came in to check my vitals, she started with small talk.  “How are you doing today?” she asked. Instead of mentioning the weather or the big game by […]