Category Archives: Influenza

  • 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 […]

  • Nurses Vaccinate to Protect Families and Patients

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    The best critical thinkers can fall victim to misinformation—even nurses like me. I was recently reminded of a time I had been misguided when I read a news report of a pregnant nurse who had refused a flu shot and was subsequently fired. She based her decision not to receive the flu vaccine on Internet […]

  • A Science-Based View

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    Today, instead of watching Jenny McCarthy make her debut on The View, I will be getting my annual influenza vaccine. As a registered nurse, I have been going in for my flu shot for 14 years now to protect myself, my patients, and society at large. Even though I am expecting my second child, I […]

  • Learning from the Past: Gae’s Story

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    I am a sixty-nine year old Australian, which means that I benefited from a totally free childhood immunization program.  I started school in 1949 and was convinced that it was somehow normal for every school to have at least one, and sometimes more than one, child wearing calipers as a result of polio. And those were […]

  • Remembering Nicholas

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    “Are any of them twins?” And there it is again.  It’s not an unreasonable question with so many children so closely spaced together, but every time it comes up I have to pause and loosen the lump in my throat, smile and say that no, none of the children standing with me are twins.  One […]