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Episode 29: National Infant Immunization Week & Measles Outbreaks
In this special NIIW mini-episode, Karen talks to a different Dr. Nathan (Dr. Chomilo) about the 25th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Rates and how the reasons for not vaccinating have changed over the years. They also discuss current measles outbreaks.
Episode 28: Ethan Lindenberger, the Internet, and Teen Advocacy
A few months ago, Ethan Linenberger was just a teenager with a Reddit account. He used that account to find out how to get himself vaccinated, and now he is one of the youngest–and smartest–vaccine advocates around. We talked to him about vaccines, social media, and how teens can engage in this space.
Find Ethan at his website to learn more about what he has done.
Episode 27: Vaccine Updates from ACIP and HELP
Vaccine buzz is buzzier lately, with a new, young advocate traveling to Washington, D.C. to testify about why he got vaccinated after his mother had refused to vaccinate him and with anti-vaccine activists trying to “inundate” the ACIP meeting at the CDC. We will tackle those topics and talk to three special guests about ACIP updates. L.J. Tan discusses with us the latest flu data, Lori Boyle talks about why nurses need to represent, and Amy Pisani talks HPV and PCV.
Episode 26: Vaccine Court, Autism, and a New Conspiracy Theory
It’s been more than a decade since a U.S. court, in an omnibus proceeding, found that vaccines do not cause autism, but that finding has sparked a new conspiracy theory, thanks in part to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. We invited vaccine law expert Dorit Reiss to our show to discuss with her how this new conspiracy theory does not hold up to scrutiny.
Episode 25: HPV Vaccines and How We Decide
The HPV Vaccine seems to have a special place–not as a cancer-preventing tool but as something people sometimes fear. But when the science is clear that this vaccine is safe and needed, why do some refuse it?
For answers, we talk to Dr. Noel Brewer, a health behavior expert and chair of the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable.
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Guardian Facebook article
Episode 24: The One About Influenza w/ Dr. LJ Tan
Do you get your flu shot? Does everyone you know get one, too? We invited Dr. LJ Tan to talk to us about last year’s flu season, this year’s flu forecast, flu vaccine uptake, and Riverdale.
Episode 23: Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism
Dr. Peter Hotez is a pediatrician, a vaccinologist, and a parent of Rachel, who is autistic. His new book, Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism, leaves no wiggle room for doubt about whether or not he embraces scientific consensus concerning vaccines.
In this episode, we talked to Dr. Hotez about his book, about his daughter, about why vaccines cannot cause autism, and about the anti-vaccine movement.
We ask all of our listeners to purchase this book and then donate it to their pediatrician’s office!
Episode 22: Measles Eradication and Elimination
If measles has been eliminated from North America, what’s up with these outbreaks? Is it even possible to get rid of it globally and for good? We invited CDC’s Dr. Mark Papania and Dr. Manisha Patel to answer all of our measles eradication questions.
This episode was sponsored by the Task Force for Global Health in honor of Dr. Samuel Katz and Dr. Walter Orenstein, both of whom have played critical roles in eliminating measles.
Episode 21: Anti-Vaccine Nurses
A PICU nurse contemplates swabbing a measles patients to infect her own child. A nurse practitioner makes a video about how to school pediatricians on vaccines. What is a pro-vaccine advocate to do? We invited Nurses Who Vaccinate’s Melody Butler to discuss all things anti-vaccine nurses.
Episode 20.4: Superman, Cancer, and Vaccines
At age 44, Jason Mendolsohn was diagnosed with Stage IV HPV throat cancer, and now he’s on a mission to convince families to prevent this cancer in their children through immunization.
Episode 20.3: Young Superheroes Protect Herd Immunity (w/Ethan Posard)
Please note: This episode is appropriate for kids of all ages, and we invite everyone to listen.
We don’t give young people enough credit. Being brave and getting their vaccines does a lot of good in the world, so says this week’s guest. Ethan Posard has a film credit and has published a book–and he’s only 17. Meet vaccine advocacy’s most influential young hero in this week’s episode about teens, kids, vaccines, and advocacy.
Episode 20.2: Protecting Our Littles (w/Dr. Bob Jacobson)
New parents have many questions about vaccines. What is the best way to answer those questions and to handle potential vaccine concerns? We talked to Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Bob Jacobson and tapped into his wealth of experience about all things vaccines before age two!
Episode 20.1: All the Pregnant Ladies (w/Heidi Murkoff)
It’s National Immunization Awareness Month, week 1. We are focused on vaccines during pregnancies, the two-for-one that protects both mom and baby.
To talk about this important topic, we invited What to Expect’s Heidi Murkoff to share her expertise and give us all advice about how to reach women during pregnancy and encourage immunization.
Episode 19: Hashtag Vaccines–The Social Media Episode
Echo chambers, Dunning-Kruger, misinformation, and conspiracy theories. These bad parts of social media are what pro-vaccine advocates battle daily and are the subject of this episode. Nathan and Karen talk to Dr. Jen Golbeck, director of the Social Intelligence Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. (Plus, hear our new intro!)
Episode 18: Advocacy We Believe In with People We Like
Karen traveled to Atlanta for the National Immunization Conference and met many amazing people, a few of whom are featured in this episode. Nathan talks about the great pro-vaccine advocates we know, and they both discuss why we all advocate and what we can do to create more vaccine confidence.
This episode is sponsored by the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: vaccine.chop.edu/parents
Episode 17: Mamas, don’t let your babies miss NIIW
Nathan and Karen talk to Every Child By Two’s Amy Pisani about how the immunization challenges have changed over the decades and what challenges we face in our work together combatting vaccine-preventable diseases.
Episode 16: What about the dads?
So much of vaccine advocacy is aimed at mothers, but where are the dads in all of this? To find out, Nathan and Karen talked to Dean Masello, writer, comedian, and SAHD. Find him at wokedad.com.
This episode was made possible by a generous donation from Immunization Action Coalition: www.immunize.org.
Episode 15: Parenthetical Science
Karen and Nathan host Dr. Chad Hayes and Natalie Newell from the Parenthetical Science podcast for a rousing discussion about how parenting is harder than it needs to be and how people fall into the neverending woo rabbit hole.
Episode 14: Ask Dr. Offit
Nathan and Karen talk to Dr. Paul Offit–head of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and all around good guy. Dr. Offit took the time to answer questions our listeners submitted online, covering topics from influenza to pertussis to advocacy.
Episode 13: HPV Cancers, Vaccines, and Cervivors
It’s Cervical Cancer Awareness Month! In this episode, Nathan and Karen talk to Tamika Felder about her battle with HPV-caused cervical cancer and her organization, Cervivor.
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Bonus Episode: Live at NFID
In November, Nathan and Karen traveled to Bethesda, MD to record a live episode at NFID’s Vaccinology Course. They discussed vaccine messaging with the good people there, and now, as a holiday treat, are sharing it with you.
Watch for more great VAX TALK episodes in 2018, and support our mission.
This episode was made possible through the sponsorship of NFID. Thank you, NFID!
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