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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 Voices for Vaccines

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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.

    Ep. 37: HPV Vaccine Champion Border Battle

    Ep. 37: HPV Vaccine Champion Border Battle

    What happens when you bring to HPV champions together? A great conversation about how to encourage parents to start and complete the HPV vaccine series in order to prevent six forms of cancer. For this episode, we brought Minnesota champion Dr. Andrea Singh to talk to Karen and Nathan--the Iowa HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion.

    Links from the episode:
    Dr. Plotkin videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUv9oht3hC6TqM6ubm4UfosW0U_pZq0ak
    WHO conspiracy debunked: https://respectfulinsolence.com/2020/01/15/who-scientists-did-not-question-the-safety-of-vaccines-at-the-global-vaccine-safety-summit/
    Find your HPV Vaccine Champion: https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/champions/2019-winners.html

    Minneapolis snow total: 4-7 inches
    Iowa snow total: 3-4 inches

    • 45 min
    Ep 36: Madi's Influenza Story

    Ep 36: Madi's Influenza Story

    Shelle Allen's healthy, happy daughter, Madi, was 12 years old when she asked to be picked up from a birthday party. They never imagined that what would follow would be a months-long battle with influenza. We invited Shelle, who is the President of Families Fighting Flu, on our podcast to tell Madi's story.

    Nathan and Karen also discussed rebranding anti-vaxxers and the measles outbreak in Samoa.

    Links from the episode:
    Families Fighting Flu: https://www.familiesfightingflu.org/
    It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot:
    Rebranding: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/antivaxxers-are-asking-people-to-stop-calling-them-antivaxxers-because-its-highly-offensive/
    Newsletter with Samoa information: https://mailchi.mp/voicesforvaccines/this-week-in-vaccine-hesitancy-june-1044797

    • 1 hr 8 min
    BONUS: Giving Tuesday (Vaccines)

    BONUS: Giving Tuesday (Vaccines)

    Thank you for being a Vax Talk listener. Support this podcast by becoming a Voices for Vaccines donor at www.voicesforvaccines.org/support.

    • 1 min
    Ep. 35: Alternative Schedules w/ Dr. Offit

    Ep. 35: Alternative Schedules w/ Dr. Offit

    More frequently than outright refusing vaccines, parents sometimes ask doctors to give vaccines at a slower rate or with more visits than the CDC recommends. What is behind these requests, and are these "alternative schedules" a good idea? We asked Dr. Paul Offit to explain the science behind vaccine schedules and the dangers of delaying vaccines.

    Links from this episode:
    John Philip Ryan: https://www.facebook.com/116317855073374/photos/a.794399590598527/2562294067142395/?type=3&theater
    The Real Truther Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=734853060362605
    The Karnowski Aluminum Study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1876285917304837
    The Problem with Dr. Bob's Alternative Schedule: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/123/1/e164
    Vaccine Education Center: https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center

    • 47 min
    Ep. 34: Vaccine Hesitancy (from Seattle)

    Ep. 34: Vaccine Hesitancy (from Seattle)

    Nathan and Karen traveled to Seattle for the Washington State Immunization Summit to talk to attendees about vaccine hesitancy! This is the episode we have been waiting to do!


    Dorit Reiss's Doximity shout-out: https://opmed.doximity.com/articles/as-tiring-as-it-is-you-re-in-good-company-fighting-anti-vaxxers-says-this-legal-expert?_csrf_attempted=yes

    • 47 min
    Ep. 33: California's Vaccine Legislator

    Ep. 33: California's Vaccine Legislator

    Dr. Richard Pan has been a champion for community immunity his entire career, from his beginnings as a resident in Pittsburgh to his work in the California legislation to eliminate non-medical vaccine exemptions. We invited him to the show to give us the broad perspective of the work he has done and the work we all need to do.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

rnmama19 ,

Overall informative but improvements needed

I’m a registered nurse, but Im listening as mom. I know the benefits of vaccinating from nursing school but I was hoping this podcast would dive deeper into the debate. I’ve enjoyed the guest speakers that they have on the podcast, but I dislike the trivia episodes. It’s pretty boring and I just skip the episode. This podcast could be more effective if they could go into greater detail on vaccine studies, less trash talk. continue to have guest speakers, and get rid of the Trivia episodes (because they’re honestly hard to follow). Overall, the podcast is worth a listen and is informative

Katie Jel ,

Pro Vaccine Education

I am one who needs proof, studies, research and true safety testing when it comes to vaccines. I listen to The Highwire and to be fair I come over here and listen what this podcast has to say. I find the one host to be condescending and both to be lacking facts. I hear a lot of opinion but not many facts. I think this podcast needs to go back to the drawing board if they want to convince their listeners to just run out and get vaccinated, if you think your listeners are that ignorant to do so. Either way, show us the studies and research so we can go fact check on our own. 1 and 1000 die from the measles in the U.S.? Where can I find these numbers to be true?

mettie09 ,


If you are trying to decide whether or not to vaccinate, start your research by listening here! High quality podcast with relevant guests. I like that the hosts get right down to business and don’t waste a lot of time in their conversations.

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