What You Read in 2015: Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts

At The Immunization Partnership, we’re gearing up for another year of fighting for science-based vaccine education and policy. But before we move forward, we wanted to look back at what lifesaving, touching and inspiring stories our readers were most interested in last year.

7 Excuses for Skipping the Flu Shot—Debunked
We’re all about the flu shot at The Immunization Partnership, and it seems our readers are, too. It’s an essential public health tool that protects children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised; everyone should get it every year. Many people don’t. That’s why we broke down the reasons people cite for skipping it— and explained why they don’t hold water.

To the nurse who “bullied” me into getting the HPV vaccine: Thank you.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine is one of our most vital and underused public health tools. If you don’t know how important it is, it might seem intimidating when healthcare professionals urge you to get one. That might be why this story—of feeling bullied by a nurse into getting the shot, then appreciating her efforts later—struck such a chord with our readers.

Switching Sides: From Anti-Vaccine to Pro
The eternal question: how do you encourage someone to rethink a stance on vaccines? Nicole shares the story of her conversion from vaccine hesitant to full-throated vaccine advocate. It’s no wonder readers loved this story: It gives an example of how we can impact the minority who do have concerns about vaccines.

Vaccines You Need Before Visiting a Newborn
Because newborns can’t receive vaccines at first, they rely on the rest of us to be up to date. We did a crash course in visiting a newborn and being up to date on everything. We’re thrilled that this post was so popular; kudos to everyone for doing the necessary research to protect the newborns in their life.

5 things you probably didn’t know about vaccines
We’re huge “vaccinerds” at The Immunization Partnership—vaccines are just so cool! We shared five immunization facts—everything from origin stories to their effect on pregnant women—that are downright fascinating, nerdy or not. Vaccines aren’t just lifesaving and safe, they’re fun!

Thanks for reading us in 2015. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest information, smart advocacy strategies,  and inspiring stories in the new year!

2016 Vaccine Resolutions to Make Now

New Years FireworksAfter all the champagne and midnight kisses, it’s now time to get started on your resolutions. Here are five resolutions you can make in 2016 to help protect yourself and your community.

Be a better vaccination advocate
Resolve to do more to educate your friends and family, expand access, and pass pro-vaccine legislation this year. Whether it’s sharing general guides, speaking up about specific illnesses, or navigating tricky situations, TIP has the tools to make you the vaccine advocate your community needs. Read up and resolve to do better in 2016.

Get caught up
Lots of people have vaccines they know the CDC recommends, but just haven’t gotten around to receiving—like HPV or the flu shot. Or maybe you’re missing some shots, but you’re not sure which ones. TIP’s guide to identifying and catching up on missing immunizations can help you there. Whatever your situation, make 2016 the year you get caught up and stay caught up.

Volunteer
The vaccine community always needs volunteers. The Immunization Partnership needs people to work events, contact legislators and more. Don’t see an opportunity that works for you? Look into your local immunization coalition to see how you can participate.

Pursue a career in vaccines
Do you want to devote your life to immunization awareness, access, research, or education? There’s no time like the present, and there are a ton of career paths available. Check out our guide to vaccine careers; start working towards a job that makes a difference this year.

Support The Immunization Partnership
Busy schedule? You don’t need a ton of time to make a difference for public health. The Immunization Partnership needs support, so we can keep doing import vaccine advocacy and education. Resolve to start supporting us in 2016, and we’ll put the money to good use.