Category Archives: I Vaccinate Because

  • The State of Vaccine Disinformation

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    Few people have studied internet disinformation for longer or in more depth than NBC’s Brandy Zadrozny, so we invited her to swing by and talk to us about vaccine disinformation. A must-listen podcast if you are interested in how people are subjected to the onslaught of incorrect vaccine information online that leads them to make […]

  • What is health equity, and what does it have to do with vaccines?

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    With the pandemic bringing a bright spotlight on vaccine hesitancy, people are under the impression that confidence varies by race and background. Why would that be, and how is it related to health equity? And what is health equity anyhow? We invited University of Minnesota School of Medicine professor and health equity expert Dr. Nate […]

  • Kids and COVID-19 Vaccines

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    This week, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously to recommend the Pfizer vaccine be given to kids ages 12-15. We invited long-time ACIP member Patsy Stinchfield on the podcast to talk us through how this decision was made and when other age groups might be eligible. We asked her all the […]

  • What Happened After I Changed My Mind

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    In May of 2020, I wrote an article after some COVID-19-related growing pains. It was shortly after my children’s very first vaccine appointment in the twelve years since I’d stopped vaccinating my oldest child. I felt I had to share my story because I knew that my experience—not being open to information, adhering to a […]

  • Switching Sides!

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    Don’t worry! We aren’t switching sides. Heather Simpson, former anti-vaccine influencer, already switched sides. She took a look at the science and decided she needed to vaccinate herself and her daughter. This is the audio from a previous Facebook Live event. If you prefer to watch with your eyes and ears, go here. Support Voices […]

  • 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 […]