Get In The Spirit….

ChristmasWhat gets you in the holiday spirit?  Is it the decorations, the presents, the parties?  What about the songs?  I know that sitting around listening to some of my favorite holiday renditions really gets me excited about a visit from good old Santa Claus.  Have you ever thought that a song could get someone in the spirit to vaccinate?  Confused?  Well just watch this and I’ll explain:

Tell me you’re not about to send that link out to your friends!  Musical parody plus important life-saving message equals a hit in my book!  If you haven’t heard of him before let me (in)formally introduce you to Dr. Zubin Damania, otherwise known as his alter ego “ZDogg MD.”  Dr. Damania, a clinical hospitalist in Las Vegas has managed to highlight the true consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases all while providing viewers with an entertaining satirical look at the world of vaccines.  While the message he sends is intended for people of all ages, it speaks loudly to a younger generation who are still looking to make decisions regarding immunizations.  Dr. Damania has not only thought outside the box, but busted completely through it to promote the importance of preventing what’s preventable.

I had the privilege of meeting “ZDoggMD” a few months ago and since then speaking with him about the work he is doing in the world of immunizations.   In addition to his YouTube fame and his highly entertaining public appearances, he is currently overseeing healthcare development with The Downtown Project in Las Vegas.  The Downtown Project, a new urban development organization that was privately funded by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, focuses on “curating and developing the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas by funding the development of education, technology, and residential housing,” as well as what Dr. Damania describes as the city’s “broken healthcare system.”  Public health and immunizations are a huge piece of solving the health related problems plaguing the city.  In an effort to educate the community, thereby providing the highest level of primary care, the creation of the organization’s health clinic will also serve as a community center to provide not only free vaccinations when possible, but also much needed scientifically based information about the importance of immunizations in the community.

Christmas comes only once a year, but the time to immunize never ends!  Keep the spirit of immunizations alive and share a few of these catchy tunes with your friends and family.  Provide everyone you know with the gift that keeps on giving (and protecting) year round by encouraging them to get vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases.   Prevent what’s preventable and happy holidays everyone!

One Injection

A few months ago I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Zubin Damania at The Immunization Partnership’s Texas Immunization Summit 2012.  By first impression you think you are talking
to your everyday clinical hospitalist, but after his wildly entertaining presentation I hadzdogg a whole new idea about this guy.  Dr. Damania (aka ZDoggMD) has managed to highlight the true consequences of vaccine-preventable disease in such an innovative and entertaining manner that there is no way I could resist doing a blog post about him.  Since our initial meeting, I have spoken with Dr. Damania about many other fascinating avenues he is currently working on to promote the importance of vaccination and I can’t wait to share it with you all next week.  In the meantime, here is a little teaser of his work (and a great way to end National Influenza Immunization Week) from Christine Vara over at Shot of Prevention.  Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                        

The “One Injection” Remedy for the Flu from ZDoggMD

I started National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) off with a little humor on Monday with Rick’s Rant.  And now look where it has led me.

Today I’m concluding a week’s worth of flu-related posts with the wildly entertaining, never-to-be-outdone, ZDoggMD.

Yes, known throughout the land (or throughout the hippest of the kids in the U.S. medical community anyway), ZDoggMD is a soon-to-be legend for his humorous attempts at musical parodies.  But rest assured, he is no newbie to the immunization scene.  No splash in the pan.   No.  He has attacked many vaccine related issues in his highly questionable past.  But be forewarned.  With his elaborate wigs and mildly inappropriate lyrics, I suspect he may be a long-lost relative of Weird Al Yankovic.  However, I must reassure you that he is considerably more attractive than Al (you can thank me later Z) and immensely more knowledgeable.  Especially in regard to all the accurate medical stuff.

As the mother of five daughters – two of which are mildly obsessed with the immensely popular English-Irish boy band One Direction, and all of which are singers and musicians themselves – I anticipate that this video by ZDoggMD will be an inspiration (at least to my kids).  And since my children have already gotten their flu shots, it’s more likely that this video will inspire them to create some parodies of their own.  Before long I’ll probably be scratching my head, wondering how to respond to their bizarre desire to “be just like ZDoggMD” when they grow up.  I guess my first bit of advice will be to shave their heads and get a medical degree.

So here is the clever ZDoggMD, with “One Injection,” a video parody of the One Direction song “What Makes You Beautiful,” singing about the importance of flu vaccination, while also taking a jab at a few of those unfounded flu myths.