Category Archives: VFV updates

  • All About That Vax

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    August is National Immunization Awareness Month, the month set aside for reminding parents to get their babies, older children, teenagers, and themselves vaccinated. While Voices for vaccines is always all about vaccines, most people simply go in for immunizations and never give vaccines a second thought. This month, let’s get everyone talking to their friends, family, […]

  • Play It Safe

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    You know the scenario. You are sitting at your new playgroup with your toddler talking to a mom you have just met when the discussion somehow turns to vaccines. You assume that since almost everyone vaccinates their children, this mom does, too. But you are wrong, and she starts saying the anti-vaccine things you have […]

  • Future Pharmacists for Vaccines

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    As our need for greater access to vaccines increases, immunizing partners such as pharmacists become more important. So it is particularly exciting that univeristy pharmacy programs are taking the job of educating our future pharmacists about vaccines seriously. After all, giving a vaccine is about more than just knowing how to administer an injection. Pharmacists are […]

  • Organize a Pro-Vaccine Playgroup

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    Recent measles outbreaks have highlighted to parents of young children how important high immunization rates in their neighborhoods and social circles are. Some parents still feel uncertain about checking up on the vaccination status of their children’s playmates, and parents with babies too young to be immunized worry about relying on others to protect them. […]

  • We Can Be Complacent No More

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    If you are measles, 2015 is treating you well, thanks in large part to vaccine hesitancy. As of this writing, there are nearly 60 cases of measles linked to visits people made to Disneyland before Christmas. Because Disneyland is a tourist destination, the cases are spread across six states and Mexico–and spreading fast enough that […]

  • One Thousand Voices

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    More than two years ago, when Ashley Shelby and I were pondering whether or not to take the helm of Voices for Vaccines, we were adamant that the organization must be parent-led. We were also acutely aware that the loudest parent voices heard in any immunization conversation–in the media, online, in community meetings–was the voice […]

  • Why Do You Vaccinate? (Giving Tuesday)

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    By some measures, 2014 has been a great year to be a disease. Measles found its way into too many communities, making more people ill in the United States than it had since 1996. Pertussis has been declared an epidemic in some states. And more and more parents are opting to sign an exemption form rather […]

  • Freedom, Responsibility, Education, and Vaccines

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    Speaking up for vaccines is important. I didn’t know that it was until I had kids. Even in the beginning, I was the opposite of vocal on parenting choices, mostly because as soon as I was a mother, I became painfully aware of the constant judgment we face. Beginning before the baby even arrives we get […]

  • Learning to Advocate

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    I get a lot of emails every day, but my favorite emails come from other parents who are reaching out to me as a peer looking for insight into the anti-vaccine movement. Some want advice on how to counter a particularly annoying anti-vaccine blog. Others have family members who will not vaccinate their children. Still […]

  • Survey Says!

    A couple of weeks ago, we sent out a survey asking you the various parts of Voices for Vaccines. While this survey is far from scientific, it does reveal some of VFV’s strengths and some ways we need to reintroduce ourselves to you. It turns out that, among those surveyed, people often only have one […]