Category Archives: podcast

  • Madi Survived Influenza, Barely

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    Shelle Allen’s healthy, happy daughter, Madi, was 12 years old when she asked to be picked up from a birthday party.  After a day, she figured Madi had “just the flu.” She never imagined that what would follow would be a months-long battle with influenza for Madi’s life. In the end, everything about their lives […]

  • Protect Me Later: Alternative Vaccine Schedules

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    We know that parents refusing vaccines is an area of concern for all of us, but more frequently, parents are asking doctors to give vaccines at a slower rate or in different combinations than the CDC recommends. What is behind these requests, and are these “alternative schedules” a good idea? We asked Dr. Paul Offit […]

  • What do you do with a vaccine hesitant parent?

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    When the good folks at WithinReach in Washington state invited us to come talk at their immunization summit, we were more than thrilled. Recording a podcast in front of a live audience brings new dimensions to the podcast, and these new dimensions gave us an opportunity to talk about a subject we have been saving […]

  • The Champion of Community Immunity in California

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    Dr. Richard Pan has been a champion for community immunity his entire career, from his beginnings as a resident in Pittsburgh to his work in the California legislature to eliminate non-medical vaccine exemptions and curb fake medical exemptions. We invited him to the show to give us the broad perspective of the work he has […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Talking about Rotary’s End Polio Mission

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    Rotary International has worked for decades to deliver polio vaccines to the most remote corners of the world in order to eradicate polio permanently from the globe. But what does this work entail? How do those vaccines actually get to the children who need them? And when will their work be done. To get answers to […]

  • Dr. Offit Talks Measles

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    Thus far in 2019, the United States has experienced nearly 1,000 cases of measles–and we can expect more. But when can we expect the outbreaks to end, and what can we do to make them end? For answers to these important questions, we turned to Dr. Paul Offit, who has expertise from decades as an […]