Category Archives: VFV updates

  • Vaccines: Not Just for Kids!

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    Crossing the threshold into adulthood is marked by rites of passage: graduations, first jobs, and lowered vaccine uptake. Perhaps getting fewer vaccines isn’t a rite of passage, but ignoring vaccines as a hallmark of preventive health seems to be ubiquitous among adults who adhere gladly to well-child checks and immunization schedules for their children. Just […]

  • Protection Begins Before Birth

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    I remember during my second pregnancy seeing an ad informing me that I could pass along whooping cough to my baby. At the time, I didn’t know what whooping cough was or what I could do about that. Looking back, I’m not even sure what they wanted me to do. Now, years too lot, I […]

  • Oh, baby! It’s National Immunization Awareness Month!

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    August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), a month that is akin to St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Fourth of July all rolled into one (but for vaccines). In fact, maybe it should be called National Immunization Celebration Month instead. With immunization advocates across the country, Voices for Vaccines is celebrating NIAM in style, with […]

  • Hitting the Road to Advocate for Immunization

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    The vast majority of pro-vaxxers are content advocating behind a screen–whether they are emailing lawmakers, commenting on social media, or sharing online articles. But when the anti-vaxxers roll a bus into their neighborhoods, sitting behind a screen no longer suffices. Enter Craig Egan. This Tacoma, Washington father is known in pro-vaccine circles as their funny […]

  • Working Together

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    Keeping communities free from vaccine-preventable disease is teamwork. As it turns out, advocating for on-time immunization is also team work. Over the past few years, Voices for Vaccines has worked hard on assembling our team. Part of the team is the larger network of vaccine advocacy organizations that have mentored us and collaborated with us […]

  • Autism’s Professor Harold Hill

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    It’s hard to talk about vaccines or autism without mentioning the sometime gastroenterologist, Andrew Wakefield. Almost everyone has at least a passing familiarity with Wakefield, even if it is just as “the guy who wrote that fraudulent paper claiming vaccines cause autism.” And everyone has a deep familiarity with the needless controversy he sparked concerning […]

  • 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 […]