Category Archives: VFV updates

  • Measles in Minnesota

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    Yesterday afternoon, the Minnesota Department of Health reported that 60 people (mostly children) in four counties across the state. This measles outbreak is the worst in the state in nearly 30 years, and that last outbreak occurred during a time when measles was still endemic in the United States and only one dose of the […]

  • What are these diseases we vaccinate against?

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    When I first had babies, long before I became The Vaccine Lady, I took my children to be immunized as a matter of course, without any real sense of what I was protected them against. I knew that the diseases I was hoping to shield them from were bad, but I didn’t know the path […]

  • Vaccines and Legislation

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    The headlines last week were nearly catastrophic, declaring that HHS Secretary Tom Price had made statements about letting states do whatever they want to as far as requiring vaccines. And almost immediately, my podcast co-host (Dr. Nathan Boonstra) and I wondered if we missed anything because we weren’t feeling the sense of impending doom the headlines […]

  • What’s up with All These Outbreaks?

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    A few months ago, I came across an article claiming that we can blame the anti-vaccine movement for the mumps cases popping up in college campuses and communities across the country. As much as I wanted to have a villain to blame for outbreaks, I also needed to make sure that all my assertions were based […]

  • I Vaccinated!

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    I’ve got a secret to tell you. All those “I voted” stickers you see on election day? Those aren’t your reward for voting. You might really, really love stickers, but they actually serve to make you a walking billboard for democracy. Those stickers remind everyone you see that they, too, should vote. They both reflect […]

  • 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 […]

  • Social Media is Being Infected

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    If you are on Facebook or Twitter in the next month, you might notice measles, influenza, mumps, and polio cropping up on profile pictures and cover photos. Fortunately, these diseases are pictorial only and aren’t infectious. But they are spreading a good cause. Friends of Voices for Vaccines are changing these Twitter or Facebook pictures […]

  • VFV Update: Why I Choose

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    In 2013, Voices for Vaccines was relaunched as an organization by parents and for parents, an organization that gave vaccinating parents a voice in the conversation about immunization. Until then, the discussion was dominated by public health officials, scientists, and healthcare workers on the one hand and anti-vaccine parents on the other. Since our relaunch, […]

  • Don’t Hesitate to Talk to Loved Ones

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    One of the most common messages I get at Voices for Vaccines comes from someone who has a friend or family member whose children are either partially or completely unvaccinated. The inclination is that as a trusted loved one, this advocate believes she can change the minds of the vaccine-hesitant people in her life. Our advocates […]

  • 2015: The Year of the Pro-Vaxxer

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    2015 has been good to Voices for Vaccines, even though the year started with the Disneyland measles outbreak that spread to seven states as well as Mexico and Canada. The outbreak touched the lives of many people, including baby Mobius Loop, whose mother wrote a VFV blog post talking about his battle with measles. But […]