Category Archives: Influenza

  • 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 […]