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. 71: The Real Truth About Vaccines
Lately, Twitter has become a cesspool of the worst humans spreading the worst misinformation. Except for one bright spot: The Real Truther. We invited The Real Truther to our podcast to discuss his noble pursuit of The Real Truth and to talk with RFK Jr. (or a proxy for RFK Jr.)
Links from the episode:
Dr. Alfredo Victoria: https://www.elimparcial.com/mexico/Muere-el-Dr.-Alfredo-Victoria-reconocido-epidemiologo-y-excandidato-a-la-alcaldia-de-Puebla-a-sus-42-anos-de-edad-20230626-0050.html
RFK's Conspiracy Panel: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/rfk-kennedy-anti-vaccine-panel-conspiracies-hiv-spanish-flu-1234779689/
Dr. Hotez stands up to RFK Jr. and Joe Rogan: https://twitter.com/PeterHotez/status/1671839286348378113?lang=ar
Ep. 70: Dr. Howard Fights the Forces that Want to Infect You
At the pandemic's beginning, small bands of scientists and doctors devised a plan: what if we got young people sick on purpose? What could possibly go wrong?
Dr. Jonathan Howard's new book, _We Want Them Infected_, traces this ill-begotten quest and the inevitable pseudoscience that followed. Listen in to our conversation with him!
Links from the pod--
We Want Them Infected: https://redhawkpublications.com/We-Want-Them-Infected-p547021769
Lancet HPV study: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)02178-4/fulltext
Steve Kirsch wants to give you $5M: https://twitter.com/stkirsch/status/1663293283211317248
This June, Voices for Vaccines wants to raise $10,000 so we can bring you our extra programming, such as this podcast! Donate now! https://www.voicesforvaccines.org/donate/
Ep. 69: Anti-Vaxxers are Litigious
It feels like anti-vaxxers are bringing public health to court in droves. Does this spell the doom of people who don't like getting measles and polio?
To explain why we shouldn't panic and how this litigiousness works, we invite our friend Dorit Reiss, legal scholar and all-around good person.
Please note: this episode was recorded before the Missouri religious exemption decision was handed down. Read about that here: https://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/author/dorit-rubinstein-reiss/
Other links from this episode:
Tiffany Dover -- https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/misinformation/tiffany-dover-conspiracy-theorists-silence-rcna69401
Elon Musk-- https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-65249139
Ep. 68: Vaccines Year in Review
If you thought 2021 was the Year of the Vaccine, 2022 may have taken you by surprise. In this episode, we review the news stories that show the prominence vaccines still play in our everyday lives.
For a list of links to the news stories we cover, visit our website: https://www.voicesforvaccines.org/ep-68-vaccines-year-in-review/
Ep. 67: Vaccine Sundays and Equity
Because vaccines work better when we are all vaccinated, vaccine equity isn't about justice alone. It is also crucial to public health.
Enter Julissa Soto, MPH. Fresh off her work with other forms of health equity, she has come onto the scene in Colorado to make sure Latino communities can get vaccinated and feel confident doing so through her Vaccine Sundays program.
This episode is about so much more than that, though. Julissa is an inspiring woman whose life has been an amazing journey. You do not want to miss this episode!
Links from the episode:
The Real Truther--https://twitter.com/thereal_truther
Vaccine Sundays article--https://publichealthrs.org/a038/
How to host a vaccine clinic---https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xYolt5mR-zuOFGXBnBuLKZ9AcN5TeYCw/view
Ep. 66: The Future of mRNA Vaccines
In many ways, mRNA vaccines are a gamechanger, but not an unexpected one. For this episode, we talked to one of the scientists who has been pursuing mRNA vaccines for years: Melissa Moore, PhD. We discuss how mRNA vaccines have changed so much for us and what the future might hold.
Find Dr. Moore's TED talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/melissa_j_moore_how_mrna_medicine_will_change_the_world?language=en
What vaccines are required for school entry in your state, and how it isn't influenza or probably HPV: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/imz-managers/coverage/schoolvaxview/requirements/index.html
Download the Voices for Vaccines app on your phone today! And go get a flu shot. And if she's still around, call your mom.
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.
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.
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!