Category Archives: NIAM

  • Can I quote you on that?

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    As we all wrap up National Immunization Awareness Month, Karen talks to loyal listener Amy about her son’s organ transplant and then quizzes her to see if she can spot a fake quote about vaccines versus a real one. Karen and Nathan also talk about de-platforming, especially the de-platforming of a certain disease from an […]

  • HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

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    A couple of years ago I was waiting in a clinic to see my physician for a normal well check.  When a nurse I had never met came in to check my vitals, she started with small talk.  “How are you doing today?” she asked. Instead of mentioning the weather or the big game by […]

  • Vaccinate Yourself and Your Family: Call, Don’t Delay

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    The importance of continued routine vaccination is critical to ensuring we protect ourselves, our families and our communities.  This year more than ever it is critical that everyone who can get a flu shot, get one as hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices will still be stretched caring for COVID-19 patients.   As the nation anxiously waits […]

  • Right On Time

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    With my first child, I chose to delay and selectively vaccinate. I considered myself reasonably well-informed, and saw this as a way to mitigate perceived risks. However, when my daughter turned one, still behind on her jabs, I wavered on vaccinating her at all and eventually decided not to continue her immunizations, even on the […]

  • You Have the Power to Protect Me

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    I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 9 years old. I receive IV infusions of a Crohn’s medication at the hospital every 8 weeks. My Crohn’s medicine keeps my disease in remission, but the other effect is lowering my immune system. Because my immune system is lowered, I rely on other people to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Vaccines, Baseball, and Da Vinci? NIAM-riffic.

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    It’s National Immunization Awareness Month! Continuing with our  GAME SHOW theme, we invited Keith Law to play Offit, Wakefield, or Dan Brown. I first met Keith on Twitter during a particular contentious battle against anti-vaccine activists. He is a follow-the-evidence guy, whether during his day job as an ESPN contributor and baseball stats expert, or […]

  • Troll or Be Trolled

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    You’ve seen the social media posts–people purposely trying to get on your nerves about vaccines. Sometimes, though, trolling is actually satirizing for a cause. We decided to have fun with some vaccine-related trolling tweets in a game we called Troll or Be Trolled You first met him on Facebook when he pretended to be customer […]

  • Ep. 32.1: Stop the Presses! NIAM 2019

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    It’s the first day of National Immunization Awareness Month, and we are all working with brand new themes this year. In celebration, we declared that our podcast, Vax Talk, would host game shows all month. Would you like to participate in a Vax Talk game show? Join our Facebook group to find out more. For […]