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Vax Talk is the podcast for people who want to do something about outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases and who understand that knowledge is power. We will discuss the latest news about vaccines and the impact they have on our communities, our families, and our friendships.

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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.

Links from this episode:
Wonder Woman Vaccinates
Parent(hetical) Science Podcast
Ideas Start Here Podcast

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.

Links from the episode
Merck/rotavirus article
Dr. Offit at the NPC

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.

Links from the show:
Nurses Who Vaccinate
CDC Pink Book Webinar
CHOP webinar
Anti-Vaccine Nurse video
I Pity The Flu Garb

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.

Links from this episode:
Superman HPV
Russian Bots Study

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!)

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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

Links mentioned…
Dear Pro-Vaxxers response
Vaccine Confidence Survey

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.

Links from the episode:
Every Child By Two/Vaccinate Your Family
Hotez/Caplan article
New Jersey hearing video

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.

Links from the episode:
Social media/HPV article
Nathan’s Needlephobia video
Parenthetical Science podcast

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.

Links from this episode:

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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