Category Archives: podcast

  • Updates Galore from ACIP and D.C.

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    The past few weeks have been active in the vaccine advocacy world–and in the anti-vaccine activist movement. Normal things, such as the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) meeting and a U.S. Senate hearing have been viewed as nefarious by those who believe the United States vaccine program is part of some kind of profit-driven […]

  • Autism! Omnibus! Vaccines! Conspiracy!

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    Lately, I have noticed how anti-vaccine activists are using the law to shape how we are all talking about vaccines. Sometimes they file lawsuits, sometimes they fight legislation, and sometimes they claim malfeasance in past legal battles. On this last point, we have a recent claim by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an environmental lawyer by […]

  • What’s Up with HPV Vaccine Refusal?

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    The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine lags far behind other adolescent vaccines when it comes to immunization rates. In 2016, 60% of adolescents received at least one dose of HPV, while 88% received the vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. All of those diseases are serious, and HPV causes six types of cancer, so it […]

  • What You Need to Know About Flu

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    Every year, I post on social media asking who among my friends needs to be pestered to get a flu shot. And every year, some smart aleck tells me he isn’t getting one because he doesn’t believe in flu shots. So what about flu shots? Are they worth it? Is influenza even a big deal? […]

  • Dr. Hotez talks about Vaccines and Rachel’s Autism

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    Is there wiggle room about the idea that vaccines do not cause autism? Is it possible that sometimes in some particularly vulnerable children that vaccines act as a trigger for autism? Dr. Peter Hotez’s new book Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism leaves no wiggle room in the answer. Vaccines have nothing to do with […]

  • Why Are Some Nurses Against Vaccines?

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    Nurses are trusted healthcare providers because they are caring, smart, and hard-working. We all love our nurses, so when they speak out against vaccines, they present a special danger. A few nurses have publicly come out or made the news for being anti-vaccine, and we want to provide ways for pro-vaxxers to combat this threat. […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Vaccine Superhero You Need to Meet

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    For many in the vaccine advocacy world, we feel as though we’ve watched Ethan Posard grow up. First, we saw him receive his adolescent Tdap on film in his sister’s documentary, Invisible Threat. A few years later, he had published his children’s book about his puppy and kids as the superheroes of the herd immunity […]

  • 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 […]

  • Starting Ideas About Vaccines!

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    We love that our members are active podcast listeners, too. The purpose of the Vax Talk podcast is to start conversations that engage regular (read non-vaccine advocacy) folks. We were thrilled to discover another vaccine-advocacy podcast on the block! We hope you subscribe to both, and we invite you to listen to this cross-pod episode […]