Vaccines matter. But how do we separate the truths about vaccines from the myths that we hear? In today’s instant social world, we’re flooded with factual and fictitious information every day. In Vax Matters, the new podcast from the Louisiana Office of Public Health, we work to uncover the truth and expose the myths surrounding vaccines and immunization. If you’ve got questions about vaccines, we’ve got answers. From the first vaccine ever used to the vaccines created to fight the current pandemic, we’ll dive into every immunization topic under the sun.
Young Children and COVID
Your baby won’t tell you she has COVID, but she just might have it after all. Tune in as we talk with Region 8 Medical Director Dr. Tonya Hunter on how COVID can affect young children, and what we can do to watch for the virus in our little ones.
More That Matters: Obesity
More That Matters is back… and obesity is more than meets the eye. From raising your disease risk to increasing the burden of medical bills, this chronic condition brings numerous hidden costs. Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Melissa Martin, who heads its Greaux Healthy program, joins us on this episode to talk about obesity, its widespread consequences and what we can do to reverse the trends.
What is long or post-COVID condition? Clinical neurologist Dr. Michele Longo appears on the show to discuss the long-term impacts of COVID-19 both socially and individually. Dr. Longo currently works at the Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences at Tulane School of Medicine and runs the Tulane Neurology Post-COVID Care Clinic.
Pneumonia: The disease you still hear about, but maybe don’t think too much about. A big reason is the vaccine scientists developed to help prevent it in the 1980s. Join us and Dr. Katherine Baumgarten of St. Bernard Parish Hospital and Ochsner Health as we talk through the subject.
More That Matters: Mental Health
We venture into mental health and why it’s so critical to understand, particularly as we manage mental health crises that affect individuals all over the world. Licensed mental health counselor Alfonso Holmes joins us on this episode to broaden our knowledge and understanding of the crisis.
More That Matters: The Opioid Crisis
Opioids have become a worldwide crisis again, and managing it means understanding the nature of opioids and their effects. On this More That Matters segment, Louisiana State Opioid Response Project Director Melinda Robertson lends her experience and expertise to the conversation.
Thank you for providing a LOCAL medical resource for vaccine services. I have so much trouble when I’m trying to educate coworkers/friends about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. Having local, credible medical experts speak to this subject is invaluable.