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. 65: Dr. Offit's Take on Aluminum
A new study seems to connect childhood vaccines to asthma. Or does it?
We invited our friend and hero, Dr. Paul Offit, to the show to discuss this study and the other studies from the past investigating vaccines and aluminum adjuvants. Don't miss his take!
Link to the study: https://www.statnews.com/2022/09/27/possible-link-aluminum-childhood-vaccines-asthma-risk-caveats/
Ep 64: Polio Makes a Terrible Return
Remember the old refrain: polio is only a plane ride away? Well, it's hit New York, in the same community that saw a massive measles outbreak in 2019.
We invited the excellent Blima Marcus, a nurse practitioner who worked on building vaccine confidence in this community in 2019, to talk to us about this polio outbreak.
Ep. 63: It's Not COVID
Providers working in clinics and hospitals have noticed something: non-COVID respiratory viruses are acting differently. Flu is lingering into June, RSV is messing with kids off-season, and summer is no barrier between us and a cold.
To find out what is happening (and okay, it might have to do with COVID) and how vaccines can help, we talked to Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Dr. Bill Schaffner (one of Karen's favorite docs).
Link from the episode: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/06/13/covid-flu-rsv-viruses/
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 other, featuring Lydia Greene and Heather Simpson from Back to the Vax (https://backtothevax.com/)
Don't forget to download our app to help you have those tough conversations: https://www.voicesforvaccines.org/resources/
Ep. 61: SAFE Vaccine Legislation
In statehouses across the U.S., 1,000 anti-vaccine bills have been filed. From bills that would pave the way to rescinding school entry requirements to bills that would levy fines against employers for requiring proof of vaccination, these bills are a threat to public health and safety.
Fortunately, a new organization--SAFE Communities Coalition (https://safecommunitiescoalition.org/)--is working hard to combat bad vaccine legislation and promote the good stuff. So we invited Northe Saunders and Becky Christensen from this group to discuss their work.
Links from the show:
➡️ VFV's new app! https://www.voicesforvaccines.org/resources/#1648753936656-cffc4e3a-d834
➡️ Japan reinstates HPV vaccination: https://www.science.org/content/article/japan-relaunches-its-hpv-vaccination-drive-thousands-women-it-may-be-too-late#.YkYKFQbSeLg.twitter
➡️ Sweden and their not-so-great COVID response: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-022-01097-5
Ep. 60: Your Vaccine Refusing Family
Few experts are as well-poised to answer questions about the pandemic we found ourselves in as Dr. Tara Smith--infectious disease epidemiologist who knows all about zoonotic transmission. But even with that expertise, we have found ourselves so divided that those closest to her do not necessarily trust the information she makes available to them.
Join us for this conversation with Dr. Smith as we explore how we can get ourselves out of division over disease prevention and find ourselves again in a world where we care about each other.
Before the interview, Nathan and Karen discuss COVID vaccination for the under 5 crew.
Educational and wonderful!
Love this show!!!
Parents Listen Up!
This podcast invites scientists, physicians and other vaccine experts to weigh in on the latest vaccine news and provides information that’s easy to understand—and remember! The moderator has a voice made for the airwaves.
Very cool. It really helps the sensible people over here of the Pro Vax side come together and listen.