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Vax Talk Podcast

Vax Talk Podcast

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.

Vax Talk is also on Stitcher, iHeart Radio, or wherever you get your podcasts. Or, choose an episode below and start listening.


Ep. 62: Getting Back to the Vax

Vaccine hesitancy can be exhausting for everyone involved. Those who are uncertain may feel badgered by well-meaning friends, and well-meaning friends may feel frustrated by combatting misinformation. But we know that the hesitant can become confident because our two guests have been there. Join this fun conversation about how we can all talk to each…

Ep. 61: SAFE Vaccine Legislation

A new organization–SAFE Communities Coalition–is working hard to combat bad vaccine legislation and promote the good stuff.

Ep. 60: Your Vaccine Refusing Family

Podcast episode with Dr. Tara Smith discussing how to handle family members who are skeptical of COVID-19 vaccination.

Ep. 59: Kids and COVID Vaccines

Parents have a lot of questions about COVID vaccines and their kids, so we invited those parents to a Zoom chat with nationally-known expert and pediatric nurse practitioner, Patsy Stinchfield. They got a chance to ask their questions, and we all got answers. We begin with a discussion between Nathan and Karen on Dr. Peter…

Ep. 58: Omicron with Your Local Epidemiologist

COVID, always up to something, has spun out a new variant: Omicron. There are so many unknowns, and so much anxiety caused by the unknown, that we invited Dr. Katelyn Jetelina (a.k.a. Your Local Epidemiologist) to help us get our facts straight. Links from the show: Myocarditis and COVID Magic Dirt Subscribe now at Apple Podcasts, Google Play, PodBean or Stitcher.  And…

Ep. 57: Social Media and Misinformation

It’s not shocking that social media spreads misinformation, but a new report from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights just published a chilling report detailing how fertile social media platforms are for breeding vaccine misinformation. The problem is larger and more deeply entrenched than you might think, and the consequences are more…

Ep. 56 : Now that we found COVID what is flu gonna do?

Science types hate predicting the future–and LJ Tan from is no exception. So we invited him on to the podcast to discuss what we do know about the upcoming influenza season

Ep. 55: This Podcast is Fully Approved (w/ Dr. Paul Offit)

In this episode, we cover so much COVID-19 information that it may break the podcastosphere. Want to know about Delta? Talked about it. Kids in school? Check. Surges? Yep. And third doses? Oh boy, did we talk about that! With Dr. Paul Offit, everyone’s favorite pediatric infectious disease doctor from the Vaccine Education Center at…

Ep. 54: The State of Disinformation

Few people have studied internet disinformation for longer or in more depth than NBC’s Brandy Zadrozny, so we invited her to swing by and talk to us about vaccine disinformation. A must-listen podcast if you are interested in how people are subjected to the onslaught of incorrect vaccine information online that leads them to make…

Ep. 53: Health Equity and Vaccines (w/ Dr. Nate Chomilo)

With the pandemic bringing a bright spotlight on vaccine hesitancy, people are under the impression that confidence varies by race and background. Why would that be, and how is it related to health equity? And what is health equity anyhow? We invited University of Minnesota School of Medicine professor and health equity expert Dr. Nate…

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