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Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Personal Stories

Joseph Marotta - A Flu Story

A Mother’s Plea: Don’t Let Flu Steal Your Healthy Child. As parents, we do everything we can to protect our children. We buckle them into their car seats, make them wear their bike helmets, hold their hand while crossing the street, and even get them their recommended childhood vaccinations. But what about getting our kids the flu vaccine? Sadly, only about 42% of adults and 60% of children received their annual flu vaccine last season. As a mother who lost her healthy, five-year-old son, Joseph, during the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009, I want to do everything I can to ensure no other child dies from flu…

Claire Noelle - A Pertussis Story

I’m a Pediatrician and I Gave My Daughter Pertussis. While I was pregnant, I spent a whole lot of time researching strollers, but failed to take any time to get a vaccine that could have prevented my baby from getting a life threatening illness. And I am a pediatrician. I, of all people, should have known better. Because of this, it is now part of my mission to make sure that the families that I take care of do know better…

Judith Shaw Beatty - A Polio Story

My Polio Story is an Inconvenient Truth to Those Who Refuse Vaccines. In 1949, the year I was hit by the poliovirus, 42,000 cases of polio were reported in the United States and 2,720 people died, most of them children. I was diagnosed with paralytic poliomyelitis, which is experienced in less than 1 percent of poliovirus infections. Not only did it immobilize me completely from the neck down, it also attacked my lungs. It was August, a popular month for polio, and I was six years old…

Scarlet Anne Taylor - A Flu Story

147 Kids Died From Flu Last Year. My Scarlet Was One of Them. My five-year-old daughter, Scarlet Anne Taylor, died as a result of influenza last season. She was the first child out of 147 who would die from flu in the 2014-2015 season. She passed away on December 19, 2014, in Tacoma, WA, just 48 hours after the onset of symptoms and within 4 hours of when she arrived at the hospital…

Samantha Bennett - A Meningitis Story

This picture tells a thousand words now. The day after taking that photo, I was hanging on for my life. One minute, I was a healthy baby and within 24 hours I was the sickest baby in the hospital. Meningitis struck fast and left my body covered in scars. I lost half of my right foot, I lost parts of my fingers, and my face has undergone over 25 reconstructive surgeries to correct the damage from the disease…

Gabrielle “Brie” Romaguera - A Pertussis Story

Brie was perfectly healthy until early one Saturday morning, February 8th, when she began to have a severe cough. Her parents suspected respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and their pediatrician told them to take Brie to the ER. Thinking she only had a cold she left the hospital with a prescription and was taken home. Pertussis was the diagnosis that was missed until it was too late…

Landon Carter Dube - A Pertussis Story

On January 15, 2010, five-week old Landon Carter Dube went in to his doctor’s office for a check-up. He had been mildly spitting up his formula and seemed to be fussy when he went to sleep at night. Thirteen days later pertussis would take his young life. Despite this tragedy, Carter’s family is adamant about sharing their story with others, in an effort to prevent other children from suffering from vaccine-preventable diseases…

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