Holy Rabies, Batman!

I am staying at my parents’ cottage in the Catskill Mountains, New York for three weeks this July. I have spent every summer here since I was three years old and love this place.  But sometimes, living in the woods proves a little challenging, even for this seasoned mountain dweller.Like when you wake up in the middle of the night to find a bat flying around your bedroom....more
I so wish I had caught the bat, then I wouldn't still have a nagging feeling at the back of my ...more

Every Last Child - A Documentary

I had a lovely evening today with a couple of girlfriends. We went for sushi, my most consistent favourite cuisine and then headed over to the theatre to watch a documentary. Hot Docs is running its Canadian International Film Festival till May 3rd. As part of the festival we watched “Every Last Child” directed by Tom Roberts. It looks at the issue of Pakistan’s unprecedented spike of endemic polio from 2014....more

Flu Deaths | Prevention with Vaccine

The 2012-2013 Flu season started & peaked earlier than it typically does with cases documented as early as September 2012 and peaking in December 2012. In addition, The past Flu season brought had a higher death rate for both seniors and children. 149 documented children's death occurred due to Flu. This is about 3 times higher than the average season....more

Why I'm Not Willing to Play Vaccine Russian Roulette With My Child

Someone I respect immensely recently had a very visceral negative reaction when I posted the attached graphic on my personal Facebook page.  She is not yet a mother, but I respect her position and her right to express the following:...more

How Vaccines Went from Life-Saving to Dangerous

It is very easy for us to forget how thoroughly modern medicine has changed our lives. We no longer have to fear for ourselves and our family as plague tears through the community. Infectious disease is no longer the main cause of death in America and Europe, as it once was. In large part we have to thank vaccination for this miraculous progress. So why do so many people continue feeling nervous about vaccines? ...more
I got Rheumatoid Arthritis from a measles vaccine.  My husband got Polio from a Polio Vaccine ...more

Measles & Vaccines: Giving The Gift of Health

Despite the retraction and correction of the claim that the MMR vaccine had been linked to autism, popular support for vaccination has decreased and, coupled with recent measles outbreaks in Africa, Europe and India, the World Health Organization estimates that the fatalities will begin rising by 500,000 each year, completely destroying the progress that has been made against the disease since the 1980s by next year. ...more
@avflox In follow-up, here is a great visual (not scientific) example regarding the importance ...more

Why Every Last Mother & Child Needs a Flu Shot

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and Every Child by Two and Families Fighting Flu are working hard to ensure that families, parents, and individuals are exposed to the most current influenza immunization information, the specific trends of this flu season, and the facts about influenza vaccines for children, pregnant women, and health care workers. ...more
WOW. So sorry for your loss. I had no idea this was such a problem.more

Flu shot, should we or shouldn't we?

After the birth of my second child 11 days ago, the nurse asked whether our family had our flu shots for the upcoming winter season. It was suggested that we all get the shot in order to keep the nasty flu away from the newest member of our family....more

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) on the Rise in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), last year, more than 21,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with whooping cough.  This is the highest rate of whooping cough that the U.S....more

Supreme Court Protects Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

The VICP was established as part of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act in 1986.  In essence, this provides families with financial compensation for injury proven to be caused by a vaccine.  It also protects ...more