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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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