Category Archives: podcast

  • How do you talk to family and friends about COVID-19

    Have you gotten questions about coronavirus and warm weather? Ibuprofen? Bioweapons? A lot of misinformation and disinformation is circulating concerning COVID-19, and people are unsure how to talk to others about the pandemic. We invited journalist Tara Haelle to talk to us about how to get the best information to your family and friends. See […]

  • Coronavirus and the Cerveza for Disease Control

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    No vaccine for coronavirus exists (yet?), but learning about this newest emerging disease and watching how the epidemic is handled can teach us a lot about public health strategies that include vaccines. So we invited Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University, on to talk about coronavirus. Links from the episode: Interim CDC Flu […]

  • Listen Up! HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

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    What happens when you bring to HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention champions together? A great conversation about how to encourage parents to start and complete the HPV vaccine series in order to prevent six forms of cancer. For this episode, we brought Minnesota champion Dr. Andrea Singh to talk to Karen and Nathan–the Iowa HPV […]

  • 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 […]