The Author

I’m I’m Taryn, The Vaccine Mom.

I am a mom, and I’m also a scientist. I worked as a biologist and chemist before attending graduate school, where I became a medical molecular biologist. My areas of expertise in molecular medicine are virology, vaccinology, biochemistry, and immunology. 

I’m a medical molecular biologist and medical writer, but when I’m not geeking out, I love spending time building and creating with my two little children. Before I became a mom, I worked in vaccinology, virology, and biomedical research. As a researcher, I could tell you how a vaccine caused the body to make strong and powerful memory to a germ, but I had little experience with what was going on outside the lab. 

When I became a parent, everything changed. I never questioned vaccinating my children, but I learned very quickly that some parents do. These parents tend to be conflicted and misinformed. 

Once the ladies in the moms group learned of my profession, I was bombarded with questions about vaccines. They may not know it, but I’m so thankful because it was their questions that led me down the path to becoming a passionate vaccine educator. 

Funny how things happen.

I hung up the lab coat, as I felt the moral responsibility to DO MORE as an advocate–to make things right. The way we talk to each other is broken and needs to be fixed. A parent’s decision to vaccinate their child is an emotional one. All parents just want to protect their children, and that’s what this is all about. 

At first, my mission as The Vaccine Mom was to deliver the science straightforwardly and help people see facts as facts. While facts are necessary to understand how vaccines work and why they’re safe, I found it more important to educate parents on why getting their children vaccinated will protect them from harm, not cause harm. 

The goal is to help vaccine-hesitant parents make the informed decision to vaccinate. By connecting as a mother and creating meaningful conversations, parents tend to be more open to accepting that vaccines are safe and effective. I’m excited and hopeful that more parents will choose to vaccinate!

Following my graduate studies, I managed a biomedical engineering laboratory where we focused on creating and testing new vaccine technology. My purpose beyond teaching students was to design and execute immunological experiments to test the engineers’ devices. 

Not only am I capable of designing experiments, but I’m also able to decode complex peer-reviewed journal articles about other scientists’ experiments. 

I have put my skills and knowledge as an expert to good use as The Vaccine Mom. Here you will find simple, well-researched answers to difficult questions.

I have to admit that as a non-mom scientist, I wasn’t entirely aware of the vast anti-vaccine movement. After becoming a mother and speaking to other parents, I now know that this issue is so much bigger than just the facts. It’s about protecting your child, no matter what your opinion is on vaccines.

I would love to help you understand why vaccinating your child is important and I think the best way to do that is through education.

Feel free to contact me with your respectful, vaccine-related questions.

If you’re not currently vaccinating your child and you’re open to considering it, this article (by yours truly) is a great starting place: The Decision to Vaccinate is an Emotional One…

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A little more information on The Vaccine Mom story:

The Vaccine Mom on the Power of Information.

The Birth of The Vaccine Mom 

The Vaccine Mom YouTube Channel

16 thoughts on “The Author

  1. Hi Taryn, I came across your site while doing a google search (on parasites). I think your approach is right on. The best way to interact with parents who have (unfortunately) joined the anti-vax movement is to present the facts clearly but still treat them respectfully and non-judgementally as individuals. Keep up the good work!

  2. Can you list the pros and cons of vaccinating? I see alot of reasons to vaccinate but where is the information about reasons not to vaccinate? There are so many vaccine injuries being caused and alot of babies can not cope with the number of toxins being injected into them on top of the environmental toxins they are already exposed to. It is possible for babies, children and adults to have a healthy immune system and fight off disease and illness without ever having a single vaccination. Research the reasons not to vaccinate and see both sides of the story, the truth will set you free.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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, , 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!

  8. 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?

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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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