89 episodes

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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 3.7 • 335 Ratings

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. 78: Dr. Fiscus, the Queen of Vaccine

    Ep. 78: Dr. Fiscus, the Queen of Vaccine

    Karen recently attended a conference where one of her favorite vaccine champions, Dr. Michele Fiscus, medical director at the Association of Immunization Managers, asked her when she could come on the podcast to talk about minor consent laws. Karen did not wait long before inviting her to a conversation about that and so much more, including the politicization of vaccines and ways to heal our divide.

    Links from the podcast:
    The Kai takes on Dr. Mercola: https://rumble.com/v4z6pn0-why-nvic-is-no-longer-associated-with-dr.-joseph-mercola-by-barbara-loe-fis.html
    Dr. Tenpenny and the IRS: https://apnews.com/article/ohio-doctor-covid-vaccinations-sherri-tenpenny-f56376c4eecde7e7a81686e48b5a306c

    • 49 min
    Ep. 77: Patsy Stinchfield Tells Us Why We Should Care About Measles

    Ep. 77: Patsy Stinchfield Tells Us Why We Should Care About Measles

    As of April 11, the U.S. has seen 121 cases of measles this year. Patsy Stinchfield, President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, takes us back in time to previous outbreaks and our efforts to eliminate measles--all to help us understand why even one case of measles in a community is cause for concern.

    Links from the episode:
    New study shows that COVID vaccination does not lead to cardiac death-- https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2024/04/12/covid-vaccine-cardiac-arrest-link-not-supported-cdc-says/73305266007/?emci=177adc2e-26fb-ee11-aaf0-7c1e52017038&emdi=97844546-2cfb-ee11-aaf0-7c1e52017038&ceid=4108393
    CDC Measles surveillance page--https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

    • 43 min
    Ep. 76: Tell Paul Offit When It's Over

    Ep. 76: Tell Paul Offit When It's Over

    What caused SARS-CoV-2? Are vaccine mandates necessary? Is COVID here to stay? How can we protect ourselves in this new world? These are just some of the questions Dr. Paul Offit tackles in his new book Tell Me When It's Over: An Insider's Guide to Deciphering Covid Myths and Navigating Our Post-Pandemic World (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/739432/tell-me-when-its-over-by-paul-a-offit-md/). Join us for this lively conversation about his book and the latest vaccine news.

    Links from the podcast
    Alexadra Petri, Please Stop Vaccinating Your Children: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2015/01/22/please-stop-vaccinating-your-children-i-want-to-go-to-disneyland/
    Man Receives 217 COVID vaccines: https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2024/03/05/man-receives-hundreds-of-covid-19-vaccines/?sh=48a4e6e9e819&emci=bffa6c44-a3db-ee11-85fb-002248223794&emdi=311938fe-c5db-ee11-85fb-002248223794&ceid=4108393
    Bonus--Alexandra Petri interviews measles: https://wapo.st/49IR75G

    • 40 min
    Ep. 75: Brandy Zadrozny hikes with RFK Jr.

    Ep. 75: Brandy Zadrozny hikes with RFK Jr.

    Last fall, NBC News journalist Brandy Zadrozny took a hike with Robert F Kennedy Jr and published her interview with him. She has written extensively about him and the anti-vaccine movement, so we felt like she was an important person to give us insights into this person whose star seems to be rising. Please note: We disagree with him. Do not listen to this episode expecting a glowing analysis of him.

    Links from the episode:
    Aaron Rodgers lost what from COVID: https://sports.yahoo.com/aaron-rodgers-tells-joe-rogan-041746931.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly90LmNvLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAHmVPgsCvhHBMwBUnNIX9IXuodF4TtpTG4c8ul-g2X5fZpQfrFmR1xLaLzX7u8jnlynRttbloWAPHaWmxSBLD5RIVS2DFLNFkN0oIGCnhCIHKywsitqK4BRffC48z8K3pZgZ49Czct7YIXV7iHJ8YdQDykcvq1YkaIiqf_hnqHSf
    COVID Diaries by HCWs: https://twitter.com/CovidintheChart/status/1756688472461766715
    Scotland HPV study: https://www.statnews.com/2024/01/25/hpv-vaccine-prevent-cervical-cancer-cervarix-gardasil-study/#:~:text=A%20historic%20new%20study%20out,ages%20of%2012%20and%2013.
    ACIP vacancies: https://www.statnews.com/2024/02/08/acip-vacancies-hhs-vaccines/?emci=17fb6148-36c7-ee11-85f9-002248223794&emdi=aa988ab3-57c7-ee11-85f9-002248223794&ceid=4108393
    Brandy takes a hike: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/rfk-jr-anti-vaccine-push-white-house-rcna89470

    • 41 min
    Ep. 74: Vax Ambassador Game Night

    Ep. 74: Vax Ambassador Game Night

    Each month, our Vax Ambassadors meet to learn something new about vaccines. This December, we came together to test the vaccine and vaccine-related knowledge of three good friends: Dr. Paul Offit, Dr. Dan Wilson from Debunk the Funk, and Heather Simpson from Back to the Vax. We also called on three of our Ambassadors to answer some questions, and the stakes could not have been lower! Listen in and find out who won!

    Links from the episode:
    Dr. Paul Offit: https://www.paul-offit.com/
    Debunk the Funk: https://www.youtube.com/c/debunkthefunkwithdrwilson
    Back to the Vax: https://backtothevax.com/

    Become a Vax Ambassador! https://www.voicesforvaccines.org/get-involved/

    • 39 min
    Ep. 73: Shot in the Arm

    Ep. 73: Shot in the Arm

    The pandemic caused a lot of pain, from the loss of lives to COVID itself to the burnout and moral injury of people working on the front lines. Our world is more polarized and works on the presumption of fewer common facts. How do we heal?

    Scott Hamilton Kennedy, an award-nominated documentary filmmaker, went searching for these answers in 2019. His film, Shot in the Arm, became so much more than he expected.

    Links from the episode:
    WHO and cervical cancer: https://www.who.int/news/item/17-11-2023-global-partners-cheer-progress-towards-eliminating-cervical-cancer-and-underline-challenges
    Shot in the Arm film: https://shotinthearmmovie.com/

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
335 Ratings

335 Ratings

podmom817 ,

Factual and Useful

Karen and Dr. Boonstra have a nice variety of knowledgeable guests. Best of all they believe in science and care about the health of our communities.

Juniperfect ,

I love this podcast!

I find anti-vax people and messages infuriating so I sometimes hesitate to listen to or read pieces about this topic. But the personalities and approach of the hosts, Ernst and Boonstra, lift my spirits while they inform me.

SciJen ,

The real science of vaccines

The hosts are lovely and funny and this has easily become my favorite podcast, I always get excited when I see a new episode in my feed. I so appreciate the accurate and evidence-based information about vaccines. Very fun and informative!

Top Podcasts In Health & Fitness

Huberman Lab
Scicomm Media
The School of Greatness
Lewis Howes
Nothing much happens: bedtime stories to help you sleep
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
Ten Percent Happier
ZOE Science & Nutrition

You Might Also Like

Public Health On Call
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
This Week in Virology
Vincent Racaniello
Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, Julian Walker
This Podcast Will Kill You
Exactly Right Media – the original true crime comedy network
America Dissected
Incision Media LLC
Maintenance Phase
Aubrey Gordon & Michael Hobbes