Category Archives: NIAM

  • Building on Momentum

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    August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and we hope your social media feeds have been inundated with vaccine talk. But we need to remember that people need vaccines all year long. It’s just about time for you to take your family for a flu shot, and babies receive the bulk of their protection against 14 diseases […]

  • Why I Keep Posting

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    Or: Confessions of a Broken Record I post about two things on social media – science fiction and vaccines. The first, because I love it.  I am a hardcore Trekkie/Star Wars/Firefly/Isaac Asimov-loving type of girl.  The second, because I am a nurse and I practice evidence-based medicine. I never realized that opposition to vaccination was […]

  • Kids Talk to Kids About Shots

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    Ethan Posard got his Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) booster on-camera, thanks to his older sister and the documentary film she was making at school, Invisible Threat. The vaccine (and the experience of learning about preventable diseases from his sister) led to a new kind of advocacy: kids talking to kids. Ethan, now fourteen, has published The Shots […]

  • When Private Choices Affect Public Health

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    Editor’s Note: A longer version of this piece originally appeared on Loura’s private blog. Several years ago, my state outlawed public smoking. As a non-smoker concerned with the terrible health risks of second-hand smoke, I was thrilled. My family could now eat at restaurants, go bowling, and watch a live baseball game without our eyes watering, our […]

  • 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 […]

  • Graduating? You Are Responsible for Your Immunizations!

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    As you graduate high school or start work or college, getting protected against vaccine-preventable diseases probably isn’t very high on your to-do list. Once you realize that these diseases, like measles, flu, and meningococcal meningitis, etc., might in the best case scenario just keep you out of school for a few weeks, but can also […]

  • All About That Vax

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    August is National Immunization Awareness Month, the month set aside for reminding parents to get their babies, older children, teenagers, and themselves vaccinated. While Voices for vaccines is always all about vaccines, most people simply go in for immunizations and never give vaccines a second thought. This month, let’s get everyone talking to their friends, family, […]