Category Archives: I Vaccinate Because

  • Monogomy is No Failsafe: HPV and Cervical Cancer

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    Editor’s note: This post deals with sexual matters, including non-consensual sexual assault and may not be suited for all audiences. I will always advocate for the HPV vaccine because I don’t want anyone else to go through what I’ve been through. I’ve heard people say the HPV vaccine isn’t necessary, that as long as you’re […]

  • A Pharmacist on the Value of Vaccines

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    Ever since I was a child, I hated needles. I think many people would say the same thing. Even as I went through pharmacy school and learned about the value of vaccines in regard to public health, I kept thinking the same thing: “Seriously, does it always have to be a needle that makes things […]

  • Madi Survived Influenza, Barely

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    Shelle Allen’s healthy, happy daughter, Madi, was 12 years old when she asked to be picked up from a birthday party.  After a day, she figured Madi had “just the flu.” She never imagined that what would follow would be a months-long battle with influenza for Madi’s life. In the end, everything about their lives […]

  • Seriously, It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

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    I’ve always felt that National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW, which is this week, falls strangely late in the year. The CDC advised everyone get their flu shots before the end of October–or a month in the past. I, myself, even told people to get their flu shots before they bought their Halloween candy. So where […]

  • Protect Me Later: Alternative Vaccine Schedules

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    We know that parents refusing vaccines is an area of concern for all of us, but more frequently, parents are asking doctors to give vaccines at a slower rate or in different combinations than the CDC recommends. What is behind these requests, and are these “alternative schedules” a good idea? We asked Dr. Paul Offit […]

  • What do you do with a vaccine hesitant parent?

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    When the good folks at WithinReach in Washington state invited us to come talk at their immunization summit, we were more than thrilled. Recording a podcast in front of a live audience brings new dimensions to the podcast, and these new dimensions gave us an opportunity to talk about a subject we have been saving […]

  • The Champion of Community Immunity in California

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    Dr. Richard Pan has been a champion for community immunity his entire career, from his beginnings as a resident in Pittsburgh to his work in the California legislature to eliminate non-medical vaccine exemptions and curb fake medical exemptions. We invited him to the show to give us the broad perspective of the work he has […]

  • The Vaccine Trial

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    When I was pregnant I received a letter from the Oxford Vaccine Group asking me to enroll my unborn child in a meningococcal vaccine trial once she was born. I’ve always been in favor of vaccines; I am a scientist by training so it makes sense to me to follow the current scientific consensus. So […]

  • Are You Smarter Than an MD? Play This Trivia Game!

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    It’s still National Immunization Awareness Month, which means Vax Talk is still having Game Show episodes all of August. Melody Butler, of Nurses Who Vaccinate fame, swung by the podcast and threw down the gauntlet, challenging Nathan to a trivia duel. Who knows more about vaccines and their history? Listen to find out. Thank you […]

  • Before They Were Preventable

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    When I was eleven years old I learned why my maternal grandmother and my mother have always been vehemently pro-vaccine. It was the day I was to get the vaccine to prevent HPV.  As we were on our way to our family doctor’s office, my grandmother asked me if I was scared. I wondered why […]