About the Author

Hi there!

I’m Taryn,  The Vaccine Mom.

I am a mom, yes, but I’m also a scientist. I worked as a biologist and chemist before I went to graduate school where I became a medical molecular biologist. While in school, I researched in the field of virology and immunology. Following that, I became a researcher in a biomedical engineering laboratory where they were experimenting with new vaccine technology. I was the sole medical molecular biologist and designed and executed the immunological experiments needed to test their technology.

That being said, I know how to do my research, and I have a vast understanding of these topics and how these experiments work.

I put my skills to use as The Vaccine Mom—a place with simple, researched answers to difficult questions. I intended for The Vaccine Mom to be just about the science, but it became so much more than that. 

I have to admit, that as a non-mom scientist I wasn’t entirely aware of the huge anti-vaccine movement. After becoming a mother, and speaking to other mothers, I now know that this issue is so much bigger than just the facts. It’s about protecting your child. No matter what side of the debate you’re on, I understand that you’re doing what you can to protect your child. In that, we are the same.

So yes, you’ll find all kinds of interesting, fun, and sometimes very serious information here, but also know that I am a parent, too, and I want us all to be successful in protecting our children. Please ask lots of questions, be kind, and keep an open mind!

Please join The Vaccine Mom on Facebook for an open conversation on all of these topics. And don’t forget to sign up for emails so you can be updated every time a Vaccine Mom article becomes available!

To contact me via email: [email protected]

 

A little more information on The Vaccine Mom story:

The Vaccine Mom on the Power of Information.

The Birth of The Vaccine Mom 

 

 

 

14 comments

  1. I love your blog! I’m a PhD student looking at vaccines and immunology from the perspective of evolutionary biology, and just the other day my advisor and I gave a talk to the general public about flu vaccines and the evolution of influenza viruses. I really like the way you break things down to non-immunologists (myself included). Great job!

  2. I see that all of your research comes from government/CDC findings. If you would look at the actual studies yourself, you would see how inefficient they are.

  3. I am so glad to have met you, as well! Thanks for sending me this. I’ll have to add a link to it. Keep in touch! And if you come across anything else, I’d love to see it! 🙂

  4. I came across your site through a Google search and thoroughly enjoyed reading about you and your research. My father was a physician and I know just how important vaccines are. I’m passing your site along to friends. And thanks for the great links to other sites.

  5. I appreciate your comments and thanks for reading the blog! It is apparent from my blog that I am pro-vaccine, however I have made my best attempt to stick to education and stay away from controversial topics so far. I do have a post about mercury in vaccines, http://www.thevaccinemom.com/2014/04/thimerosal-as-a-preservative-in-vaccines/ , however because this is such a new blog for me (and frankly, I’m strapped for time), I just haven’t gotten a chance to write about everything that I want to yet. And I am noting them for discussion at a later time. As always, I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

  6. Dear Taryn,

    First I would like to commend you on researching the topic of vaccines. I’ve been studying the arguments both for and against them. The process made me realize that I get discouraged at how many people won’t look for the facts themselves. I enjoyed reading your blog and learning more about vaccinations and immunizations. I am not against all vaccines, but I’m not for all of them either. I’ve been looking at the issue primarily around how media projects vaccines. I noticed your blog has many aspects about their praises but doesn’t seem to address how ingredients like mercury, carcinogens, etc. can affect people. Along these lines, what are your opinions on the Court of federal claims? I’ve found that those people who don’t research for themselves have no idea that this court system even exists. The individuals that are severely affected by the negative consequences of vaccines are pushed into this court system and left out of the spot light. The idea of no-fault compensation leaves many families left with the medical bills of those harmed by the vaccines. I appreciate that you are working to give people a simpler view of the issue and your knowledge on the topic is very apparent. What do you think about these topics that are rarely discussed?

  7. I appreciate your comment! I really believe that education can turn this all around. Thank you for reading and for getting the word out about vaccination!

  8. I’m so glad there’s finally an immunologist blogging about vaccines. Thank God. My own blog post “Vaccination: A Layperson’s Perspective” went viral – the scientists and MDs really need to get their voices out there, because social media is here to stay! Thank you for doing this!

  9. Wish I had the above information when my son was young. I’m one of those mom’s that knew important to listen to my pediatrician and get my child all the needed vaccines but often maybe I should have a better understanding. Glad to have someone put all the research in terms I can understand.

    Will be following your future work! Not that my son is 14, would like more info the “teen” vaccines (HPV).

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