Flu shots and you

Each year I get my seasonal flu shot. I never want to get the shot or the flu. I tell my kids it doesn't hurt, but they know better now. I get vaccinated because I am hopeful that developing immunity against the flu will help keep my family and friends healthier too....more

Mommy Week in Review: H1N1 vaccines and what we can control, and your magic number for hiring help

Are you planning to vaccinate your little one for H1N1? ...more

I got a flu vaccine once about 10 years ago to protect my preemie from any nasty flu I might ...more

Get That Woman a Sticker: my vaccine decision journey

I did something I never thought I’d do, especially after all the letters I’d written, the calls I made, the interviews I had, not to mention shoving my post-partum body in a pre-pregnancy suit, strapping my three-month old baby to my chest and hoisting a stroller down the steps of the state Capitol, to testify against this vaccine mandate in front of the Senate Health Committee. ...more

Should the Vaccine Schedule Change for a Special Needs Child?

I did something I never thought I’d do, especially after all the letters I’d written, the calls I made, the interviews I had, not to mention shoving my post-partum body in a pre-pregnancy suit, strapping my three-month old baby to my chest and hoisting a stroller down the steps of the state Capitol, to testify against this vaccine mandate in front of the Senate Health Committee. ...more

Gardasil: Do the benefits of the HPV vaccine outweigh the risks?

The controversy surrounding the Gardasil vaccine has been around from the moment it was approved for use in young girls. And from the very beginning I have had a problem with Gardasil being referred to as a cervical cancer vaccine - because it's not. I also have a problem with the 'fear mongering' commercials designed to look like public service announcements, and the possibility of making this vaccine (yet another) required by the government. ...more

I have been reading your articles on Gardasil and the negative effects it has had. The last ...more

Smart Parents Ignoring Science? America, the Unscientific?

Some folks think Americans are downright unscientific.  A new article over at Slate suggests the better educated people in this country are responsible for disseminating faulty science - and they specifically point to those who believe vaccines cause autism despite the now large body scientific evidence to the contrary.   It's a trend I've noticed in the last decade or so of parenting myself.  So stand on notice, highly-degreed moms and dads - are you contributing to our nation's neglect and distrust of science? ...more

Vaccines - Necessity, Luxury or Liability?

I vaccinate my children.  I believe in the benefits of vaccines, so it was just a matter of course.  Our pediatrician laid out the immunization schedule and we agreed to it.  I knew other parents who didn't vaccinate their children, and felt to each his own.  Sure, you can have the right to choose, my kids would be protected.  But this story changed my opinion. ...more

I agree that vaccines are not perfect and there is room for improvement. But I do believe that ...more

Edible Vaccines and Flying Syringes

I found a very interesting article on InfoWars.com. It talks about how the government is genetically modifying our food supply so that they will contain vaccines. It was originally developed for people in developing countries. But it seems now it's may be the new way to vaccinate. Here is a quote from the article. <strong>“Children of developing countries may not be the only beneficiaries of this new technology. Says Arntzen: ‘American kids will also probably prefer being vaccinated by an edible vaccine rather than by a needle.’”</strong> ...more

Do Vaccines Cause Autism? Study Says No...What Do You Think?

Okay, before you shoot the messenger, let me clarify that. There is no "known" link between vaccines and autism. However, there is also no "known" cause of autism. Millions of children get the MMR vaccine every year, and most of them never develop autism. Even without a scientific study, it seems easy to suggest that vaccines can not be solely responsible for autism. But that doesn't mean there is no link between vaccines and autism, just that there is no proof of a link. ...more

I've worked for many years with adults and children with Autism and Other needs, In Education ...more

Why I am a less then fantastic parent

I have started to write this a thousand times and with every start, my blood would surge through my body and I would vomit up paragraph after paragraph of incoherent gibberish.It made me just that angry. Perhaps it is PMS. I am a woman after all and not allowed to be bothered by anything without the implication that PMS is behind it, you know. So, it could be PMS or maybe it's just the fact that a magazine so many woman trust is spoon feeding them crap. ...more