Category Archives: Influenza

  • Protection Begins Before Birth

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    I remember during my second pregnancy seeing an ad informing me that I could pass along whooping cough to my baby. At the time, I didn’t know what whooping cough was or what I could do about that. Looking back, I’m not even sure what they wanted me to do. Now, years too lot, I […]

  • What’s up with All These Outbreaks?

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    A few months ago, I came across an article claiming that we can blame the anti-vaccine movement for the mumps cases popping up in college campuses and communities across the country. As much as I wanted to have a villain to blame for outbreaks, I also needed to make sure that all my assertions were based […]

  • Remembering Ashley: An Influenza Story

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    On December 27, 2013, my life changed dramatically: I lost my only daughter, Ashley. She died from the flu at age twenty-three. Her death was completely devastating and horrible. I still can’t believe it happened. A beautiful girl with the most beautiful, piercing green eyes, Ashley was kindhearted, extremely smart, and the most stubborn and […]

  • 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. […]

  • Vaccines and Autism: One Doctor’s Personal Story

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    There has been a lot of talk since 1998 as to whether vaccines cause autism.  Though I have been loath to enter this conversation, it has become apparent that perhaps I should speak in order to provide a helpful, even fresh perspective.  Here is our family’s story. In 1987, my youngest sister was born, the […]

  • Scare Away the Flu

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    Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to use Pinterest to frighten off influenza? That’s what the forces at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and Voices for Vaccines asked themselves as the leaves started to turn and a scary crisp returned to the air. Now you can help us say boo to the […]

  • Surviving Influenza: Nathan’s Story

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    On Friday, October 30th 2009, my son Nathan had just turned ten.  The next day, October 31st, he played in an early morning football game. I noticed he wasn’t running as fast as usual, and wasn’t giving it his all during that game. But I thought nothing of it, assuming he was just worn out […]

  • What We Didn’t Miss, Thanks to the Flu Vaccine

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    In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) Voices for Vaccines is participating in a blog relay as part of a countdown to the first day of NIVW. Each day, a different Flu Vaccination Digital Ambassador will post about the importance of flu vaccination as it relates to their readers. You can follow the NIVW […]

  • Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

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    Vaccine-preventable diseases are making a comeback in the US, and community immunity may be at risk. Less than 20 years ago, measles was declared eliminated in the US, as the disease was no longer native and all reported cases were imported from other countries. Now, there are record-breaking outbreaks of measles, mumps, and pertussis (whooping […]

  • Colton’s Battle

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    “To each their own.” That was always my mindset regarding vaccinations. I have always vaccinated my children, but I figured it was no harm to me if you chose not to vaccinate yourself or your children. However, that mindset quickly changed this winter.  My fifteen-week-old son, Colton, developed a bit of a cough.  At first […]