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Vaccines + Back to School

It’s August, which means the kids are headed back to school here in the US. It also means it’s time to dig into your savings for pens, paper, clothing, tablets, headphones, computers…3D printers…centrifuge…microscope…  I kid, but it does seem like they need a whole lot as years progress. The days of pencils, notebooks, and protractors are done.

I’m sure you’re making dents in your school lists, but did you remember to get those current physical and vaccine records? You all know I don’t care about pens; I’m The Vaccine Mom so I’m reminding you that it’s important to stay up-to-date on your children’s vaccines. And how perfect because August not only marks the beginning of the new school year in the US but it’s also National Immunization Awareness Month! 

If you’ve had your kids in school before (or just out in the world), you know how easily they spread and contract germs. I like to call my children “my little Petri dishes,” and I think that’s very fitting. There are lots of coughs, sore throats, and colds coming this year, and that’s just life, but there are some things you can prevent.  I’m talking the vaccine-preventable stuff–the nasty stuff.  Continue reading

Just a little update…

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Thank you so much for all of your support, your sharing of my articles, and for your love of science. Spread the word that vaccines are important!

XOXO

The Vaccine Mom

Sabin and the vaccine that changed the world

Dr. Albert Sabin is famous for his development of the live oral polio vaccine and for the attempt to eradicate polio by vaccinating an entire population all at once. His commitment to the eradication of polio saved many children from death and paralysis and still does today.

He is an inspiration to us all! Please read this interesting story about Sabin’s accomplishments. I think you’ll enjoy it!

Remembering Albert Sabin and the vaccine that changed the world

 

 


What does stress do to the immune system?

Do you find yourself with a cold or major health issue after a stressful event? I most certainly do.

I’m constantly full of anxiety trying to do everything, and it’s not just all of the lists, and kids, and home maintenance, and work, and writing these articles (which I love doing); it’s a personality trait, and it’s quite common.

All of these little things in our lives add up and cause us STRESS.

So, what’s stress?

We can define it as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in our lives.

When you feel stressed your body releases chemicals in response to stress hormones circulating through the body. Sometimes these hormones can be useful, however often they are very hard on the body and can leave you susceptible to infection.

When is stress useful?

You’ve most likely heard of the ‘fight or flight’ response–a survival alarm system dated way back to the beginning of human life. This response occurs in the face of real danger and causes the hypothalamus to stimulate the adrenal glands to start pumping adrenaline. This gives your body the energy to either fight or flee from a dangerous situation. We still use this response today in the face of say, encountering a bear on a hike or a mugger on the street.

Stress chemicals may also be useful before a big event when you may need a burst of energy or alertness to improve performance. This might be beneficial during a job interview or before a big test.

But, chronic stress is often harmful.  Continue reading