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  • 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 […]

  • Mr. Lindenberger Goes to Washington, the Vax Talk Episode

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    As a high school senior, I made my first phone call to a doctor to schedule an appointment when I was sick. I only did so because my mother suggested I was old enough to use a phone and to maintain my own schedule, but I believe my mother still brought me to the clinic […]

  • 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 […]