Category Archives: I Vaccinate Because

  • How My Four-Year-Old Became Pro-Vaccine

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    It was 1998, and the chickenpox vaccine was just coming out. At that time–the chickenpox vaccine became available in 1995—my daughter was four and completely up-to-date on all of the recommended vaccinations. However, I didn’t see the point of taking her in to get that one—I mean, chickenpox was no big deal, right? I was […]

  • Why I Keep Posting

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    Or: Confessions of a Broken Record I post about two things on social media – science fiction and vaccines. The first, because I love it.  I am a hardcore Trekkie/Star Wars/Firefly/Isaac Asimov-loving type of girl.  The second, because I am a nurse and I practice evidence-based medicine. I never realized that opposition to vaccination was […]

  • Social Media is Being Infected

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    If you are on Facebook or Twitter in the next month, you might notice measles, influenza, mumps, and polio cropping up on profile pictures and cover photos. Fortunately, these diseases are pictorial only and aren’t infectious. But they are spreading a good cause. Friends of Voices for Vaccines are changing these Twitter or Facebook pictures […]

  • I Vaccinate My Kids Because I Wish My Parents Had Vaccinated Me

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    My name is Grace. I was raised in a cult. There are a lot of things wrong with being raised in a cult— religious brainwashing, extreme patriarchy, verbal abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse—the list could last for pages. But the damage wasn’t just limited to the things that were done to us. It […]

  • My Daughters’ Lives Depend on Community Immunity

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    In recognition of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), Voices For Vaccines is participating in a blog relay to discuss the critical role vaccines play in protecting children, families, and communities against vaccine-preventable diseases. NIIW is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can follow the NIIW conversation on social media using hashtag #NIIW. I have […]

  • An Interview with Dr. Jacobson: Mayo Clinic and the HPV Vaccine

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    As the person at the helm of Voices for Vaccines, I frequently hear the newest claims made by anti-vaccine activists about the alleged dangers of vaccines. Part of my job is investigating these claims, talking to experts about them, and helping to communicate to parents about which of these claims are valid and which are […]

  • Manipulated by Fear

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    Although it’s hard for me to admit—and makes me feel vulnerable—I was previously anti-vaccine. As a young first-time mother seven years ago, I had had my daughter vaccinated according to schedule up until she turned one. That’s when I stumbled upon the anti-vaccine crowd on the Internet. I was easily sucked in. I was easily […]

  • I Used To Be Anti-Vaccine

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    I am part of a generation that feels its government has lied to its citizens time and time again. From the rationale and controversial evidence leading to the invasion of Iraq to the allegations about the NSA, it’s easy to become jaded. In fact, when I learned about these things, at a young age, my mind […]

  • 2015: The Year of the Pro-Vaxxer

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    2015 has been good to Voices for Vaccines, even though the year started with the Disneyland measles outbreak that spread to seven states as well as Mexico and Canada. The outbreak touched the lives of many people, including baby Mobius Loop, whose mother wrote a VFV blog post talking about his battle with measles. But […]

  • If I Had Gotten the Flu Shot

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    In recognition of CDC’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), Voices for Vaccines is participating in a blog relay with a “Focus on the Family” theme for NIVW. Each day, one of CDC’s Digital Ambassadors will encourage their readers to focus on protecting the family. You can follow the NIVW conversation on Twitter using hashtag #NIVW2015. […]