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Thursday, January 31, 2019

What Parents Need To Know About The Washington Measles Outbreak

The state of emergency declared by Washington due to the measles outbreak has many parents understandably concerned. I was invited on Fox & Friends this week to weigh in on the measles outbreak. I talked a little bit about my past, being vaccine hesitant, and what helped me change my mind about vaccines. It was [...]

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

TEDx Talk: Why I Changed My Mind On Vaccines

With the dangerous measles outbreak in Washington in 2019, I've been answering more questions about measles than usual, and have updated this post with important facts about measles and vaccines. My TEDx Talk is embedded below, where you can find out more about why I changed my mind on vaccines.  In the US, before the [...]

Monday, January 21, 2019

8 Facts Every Parent Should Know About The Flu This Year

It’s that time of year again, dreaded flu season. Hospitals, urgent cares, and primary care offices are full of sick patients, every nurse I know has chapped hands from washing a million times a day, and I think we all know some unfortunate family member or friend who has come down with it. Even I’ll [...]

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Real Reason Your Pediatric Health Provider Wants You To Vaccinate Your Child

Since the day I wrote about my journey leaving the anti-vaccination movement, I have experienced the wrath of the anti-vaccination community. When I write about how important it is to vaccinate your child, I regularly receive comments like this: "It is worse than pre meditated MURDER to be telling people that vaccines are safe." "You cannot [...]

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The History Of Vaccines: 5 Little-Known Facts

When I began to understand the history of infectious diseases and the millions they killed over centuries, I was able to truly understand how miraculous the invention of inoculations and then vaccines truly were. This helped me change my hesitant mindset about vaccines. Understanding history is important, so today we are going to dig into five little-known [...]

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Truth About Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated Homeschoolers

Update: Since this blog post was published, the Journal of Translational Science (Open Access Text) has retracted the study. My mom sent me an article with a very intriguing headline: "The first-of-its-kind study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated American homeschooled children shows who is really ailing…and parents should be worried.” Yikes. I immediately knew if what they [...]

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Truth About Measles: Infographic

This week I got an email from a reader here at Kid Nurse alerting me to this wonderful infographic. I think it is a good summary of the recent measles outbreak and information that people need to know, especially as the measles cases continue to grow. Almost 200 Americans have now contracted the measles this [...]

Thursday, February 5, 2015

To the Arizona Cardiologist Who is Dead-Wrong About Vaccines

Since publishing Maggie’s story as a guest post from Dr. Tim Jacks last week, it’s fair to say a media storm has erupted. I have been absolutely amazed at the response and thankful for how many new readers we have welcomed into the Kid Nurse community. Millions of people have read about Maggie and Eli’s [...]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the Parent of the Unvaccinated Child Who Exposed my Family to Measles

This is a guest post written by a fellow pediatric provider in our local healthcare community here in Arizona. I was extremely saddened to read of his children's recent exposure to measles due the Disneyland outbreak. To read about my journey leaving the anti-vaccination movement, click here. To the parent of the unvaccinated child who exposed my [...]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Does this baby deserve to be exposed to the measles?

*For confidentiality purposes, the identity of the children described in this post was changed. However, their mother hopes that this post brings awareness about measles and prevents others from experiencing what her family is going through right now. Allow me to introduce you to my dear friend’s baby. This is Jack. Jack is the happiest [...]