Category Archives: NIAM

  • 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 […]

  • Cancer Prevention for Boys and Girls

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    Who’s your favorite Superman? Christopher Reeve? Dean Cain? Henry Cavill? Ours is Jason Mendelsohn, the unassuming father of three who defeated Stage IV HPV throat cancer in order to urge parents to vaccinate their children in order to prevent it for them. Parents of boys are often confused by the HPV vaccine. Both Nathan and […]

  • All Vulnerable Children Need You

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    When my daughter, Cambree, who is now fourteen months old, was born, she was a healthy, beautiful 6lb, 8oz baby with a head full of hair and long eyelashes. But at her two-month checkup, her eyes were yellow and her pediatrician believed her liver was swollen. When her labs came back, they were far from […]

  • What? My Baby Needs Shots?

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    Thanks to decades of awareness campaigns, parents are no longer surprised at a well-child check that their babies will be getting vaccines. But often, they are surprised or confused by how many vaccines are given, what diseases they prevent, how immunizations are monitored for safety, and how to make the shots less painful for their […]

  • Can We Get an RSV Vaccine, Please?

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    When my third child was born, it was a crazy time in my life. (Isn’t it always?) My husband and I had two older boys, ages 4 and 2. Charlie was a sweet baby from day one, healthy and adorable. We were thrilled when we were all home from the hospital so that we could […]

  • All the Pregnant Ladies!

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    Pregnancy overflows with decision-making. Tests and baby products and nutrition and unsolicited advice are enough to make a pregnant brain swirl in the confusion of it all. It’s no wonder that immunizations–both as a topic and as a healthcare need–are pushed to the side for many pregnant women. But it is National Immunization Awareness Month, […]