Episode 12: Get Your Flu Shot!

It’s the end of the year, which means Voices for Vaccines needs your support!

It’s also National Influenza Vaccination Week, which means it isn’t too late to get your flu shot. We invited Dr. Bill Schaffner (Vanderbilt) to discuss the difference between influenza and colds/tummy illnesses, this year’s flu season, the effectiveness of flu vaccines, and why your children are the most likely vectors of the flu. We also invited Serese Marotta (Families Fighting Flu) to discuss her family’s experience with H1N1 in 2009. Also, links to Nathan’s webinar slides and his measles blog post.

Episode 10: The Unvaccinated Kids I Love

When her firstborn was just a baby, Catie heard some frightening rumors about vaccines that made her stop immunizing completely (until she learned how wrong that rumor was). Erica, however, has always been a staunch vaccine advocate, but her relatives are vaccine refusers. Nathan and Karen talk to both Catie and Erica to learn what we can do to change the minds of the parents of the unvaccinated kids we love. This episode includes some of the latest research on the topic and updates on what is happening Around the Web concerning vaccines. (Link to upcoming NFID Vaccinology Course.)

Episode 9: What Can I Do?

Many people like the idea of highly immunized communities, but they aren’t sure what they can do to solve the problems of vaccine refusal and hesitancy. We talk to Dr. Tara Smith about her ideas, which she outlines in a new article, “Vaccine Rejection and Hesitancy: A Review and Call to Action.” Also, in Around the Web, 10 things to know about flu vaccines and #vaxsplaining (it’s a thing).

Episode 8.4: Remembering Kimberly; Teens and Vaccines

Kimberly Coffey was only a few days from high school graduation when she fell sick with what she thought was the flu. Patti Wukovits, her mother, joins us to remember Kimberly and to encourage parents to vaccinate their teens and pre-teens fully and on-time. Patti Wukovits is the founder and Director of the Kimberly Coffey Foundation.

Episode 8.3: Vaccines aren’t just for kids!

When you turned 19, you entered a different landscape in the vaccine world. Recommendations, access, funding, and so much else changed for you. We turned to Dr. Bill Schaffner (Vanderbilt University) and asked him what all adults need to know about vaccines and what we can anticipate in the future.

Episode 8.2: Pregnancy and Vaccines with Dr. Flor Munoz

Did you know that your baby receives her first vaccines before she is even born? In this episode, Nathan and Karen discuss maternal vaccines with Dr. Flor Munoz from Texas Children’s. We cover a broad range of how, why, when, and where concerning an expectant mother’s vaccines, and discuss what the future of maternal immunization holds.

Episode 8.1: NIAM 17, Baby!

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month! This week, Nathan and Karen introduce NIAM to listeners, talk about how anyone can advocate during the month of August, and discuss the importance of infant immunizations. Plus, we give an important update about last month’s episode. Be sure to check out the List Challenges Vaccine Book link.

Episode 7: Craig’s Pro-Vax World Tour

A few weeks ago, Craig Egan took hiatus from his job and set up a Go Fund Me page to finance a multi-state tour to follow the anti-vaccine crew on the Vaxxed Bus. We invited him to the podcast to discuss what is happening behind-the-scenes on this tour, what happened when he set up protest outside the bus, and how we can all do our part to advocate for immunization. We also discussed this fantastic student Hamilton parody. Find Craig on Facebook.

Episode 6: Andrew Wakefield

Everyone knows Andrew Wakefield as the author of “that paper,” but few know the full extent of his dealings in the anti-vaccine community. We talk to Ken Reibel and Matt Carey, two father of autistic children and active writers and autism advocates, to learn more. Links mentioned in the episode include Brian Deer’s research, Curtis Brainard’s CMJ article, Wakefield’s original video, the Jamaica conference.

Episode 5: Measles in Minnesota

The worst measles outbreak in Minnesota in 25 years, sparked by anti-vaccine misinformation, has us asking how officials handle outbreaks. We talk to Joe Kurland, Infection Preventionist at Children’s Minnesota, and Minnesota Representative Mike Freiberg to get answers. Get more information from Children’s Minnesota about measles and from MDH about the latest outbreak statistics.

Episode 4: National Infant Immunization Week!

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is a week that coincides with World Immunization Week and stresses the importance of the vaccines babies receive in the first two years of life. We answer questions about what diseases those vaccines protect against and talk to two mothers whose babies caught vaccine-preventable diseases before they were able to be vaccinated against them.

Episode 3: Vaccines and Legislation

The internet has exploded with concern about HHS Secretary Price’s statements concerning leaving vaccine requirements to the states, but how concerned should you be? Later we talk to Sarah Despres (ECBT board member) about what the federal government can do concerning vaccines and what effect the American Healthcare Act and the president’s proposed budget could have on immunizations. Then we turn to Jinny Suh (Immunize Texas) to discuss state legislation, particularly in Texas, and how parents can become involved. [Also, find the t-shirts we mentioned here and links to Texas Legislative Days here.]


Episode 2: Outbreaks! with Dr. Paul Offit

So far, 2017 has seen 495 cases of mumps and 23 cases of measles. Influenza is widespread, HPV is ubiquitous, and pertussis outbreaks pop up regularly. What’s a parent or provider to do? We discussed the landscape of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks with Dr. Paul Offit from the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. [Also, find more information about the AAP letter to President Trump here and the latest PEW research about vaccine acceptance here.]


Episode 1: HPV Vaccine and Someone You Love

The HPV Vaccine is too often treated like an add-on or an exception, but it prevents six forms of cancer. In this podcast Karen Ernst (Voices for Vaccines) and Dr. Nathan Boonstra take on the myths and the facts about the HPV vaccine. In the second half of the podcast, filmmaker Frederic Lumiere (Someone You Love and Lady Ganga) and Christine Base (The Yellow Umbrella Organization) discuss what they learned from making Someone You Love and from surviving cervical cancer. [Also, find out more about Frederic Lumiere’s HPV vaccine safety information here.]


Episode 0: Big News!

If the idea that we can debate prevention and science has your attention, then we have a podcast for you. Karen Ernst (Voices for Vaccines) and Dr. Nathan Boonstra (Blank Children’s Hospital) introduce a new podcast all about vaccines and the conversations surrounding them.