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!