As We See It

Let’s Have A Conversation

by Dan Salmon, PhD, MPH

Having spent the last two decades working in vaccine safety, I am often contacted by parents with concerns about vaccines for their children. Typically, one of the parents has a lot of concerns about vaccines and the other parent is concerned about not vaccinating their child. So I guess they both have concerns, while very different.

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Seeing The Value of Vaccines

by Patsy Stinchfield, MS, RN, CPNP, Infectious Disease Nurse Practitioner

I'm in the phase of my life where I am attending lots of wedding celebrations of young family members and friends' children. For me, it is one of life's most joyous occasions to see a young couple in love turning a page and beginning a new chapter of their life together.

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What Didn’t Happen

by Karen Ernst

I could be telling you another story—a story warning about the dangers of having a newborn exposed to a disease that was a rite of passage in my childhood. I could be telling my story as a grieving or wizened mother. Instead, my now six-year-old son is playing in the next room, and what happened is more about what didn’t happen.

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Polio – Beginning Of The End

by Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco

I was in 1st grade when the polio vaccine first became available. My mom, who was a polio survivor, was so scared that my sister and I would come down with polio. As soon as the vaccine became available, my mother allowed me to walk a mile and a half through our village from my parochial school to the public school where the polio shots were being given.

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Saved By The Vaccine

by Trish Parnell

I know the value of vaccination because I’ve seen it in action. When the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic hit, there was no vaccine immediately available to prevent infection. The virus was hard on teenagers—in our town, the middle schools and highs schools were half empty for weeks that winter. We’d never seen anything like it.

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We Love Our Grandchildren

by Lynn Bozof

When it comes to vaccine-preventable diseases, I’ve had good times and I’ve had one very bad time. The good times were when we prevented what we could prevent, and our family was as healthy as can be. The bad time, which haunts me always, is the loss of my son to meningitis—a vaccine-preventable disease.

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The Value Of Vaccination

by Katherine Vaughn, MD

I am a pediatrician in general practice, and am now on my second generation of patients. One of the immensely satisfying aspects of my practice is seeing the children that I took care of grow up and become parents themselves.

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Life’s Milestones

by Dorit Reiss

We had to get the shots to go to Nigeria. It was a big thing. We spent months getting ready for the trip. My dad had gone ahead to start doing whatever he was supposed to be doing there, leaving my mom to attend to three little children and all the details.

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Were We Exposed?

by Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

An original version of this piece was published in the September 2011 Parents PACK newsletter. Our family’s summer of 2011 was great! We were crazy busy traveling with my teenage son and his baseball team while trying to put in the time at work.

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And Poof, Hib Disease Disappeared

by Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH

When my Dad was growing up, one of his brothers died of an infection that would not have killed a child today. Obviously, having his brother die affected him so he sometimes invited us to imagine what it would be like to grow up in the days when children were helpless against serious infections...

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A Healthy Life

by Emma Calvet

When I think of the value of vaccination, I think about the healthy life I have led. When I was younger, people did not debate whether or not to vaccinate their children. I do not remember getting most of my vaccines, but I remember never missing school and seldom being sick.

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