Welcome to Shot of Prevention from Amy Pisani
Oct 20, 2009

By Amy Pisani
Hi everyone. Thanks for visiting Shot of Prevention. Our mission is to foster an open dialogue on the importance of vaccinations and prevention for the health and wellness of you and your loved ones.  I’m encouraged by the increasing emphasis on prevention in our health system, but am continually amazed by the media frenzy and confusion surrounding immunizations.  My decade-plus career as the Executive Director of Every Child By Two and the experiences I’ve had as a mother of two young boys and foster parent to my teenage niece have led me to see how many questions there are about vaccines in the public domain, and how important it is that we address them candidly and accurately.
When I had my first child in the year 2000 the importance of understanding vaccine safety became of paramount and personal importance to me.  In my role as Executive Director of ECBT, I was fortunate to have the most recent studies and leading medical opinions on vaccine safety at my fingertips.  My atypical access provided the security I needed to comfortably and proudly vaccinate my children.
The life-saving value of vaccines had always been more of a concept to me until my husband and I witnessed the suffering of our 15-month old son who was hospitalized for influenza before the vaccine was available for young children. Since that time I have met too many families who have lost their children or have children with permanent disabilities because of vaccine-preventable diseases.  I hope that in light of recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as Hib in Minnesota, and the largest measles outbreak in 15 years, we can bring parents, members of the public and medical experts together to address this issue.
It is my goal to provide these valuable resources here on Shot of Prevention so everyone has the same opportunity to make well-informed decisions on such a critical issue.  As lead editor of this blog, I encourage everyone to comment and look forward to actively reading and engaging with you!

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0 responses to “Welcome to Shot of Prevention from Amy Pisani”

  1. Congratulations on the launch of the blog!! This is going to be a valuable piece of real estate on the internet for credible information about childhood vaccines. I’m excited to follow along on the journey!

  2. Squillo says:

    Echoing Dawn’s congratulations on launching this much-needed resource.

  3. Larry Weiner says:

    Thank you for your work in vaccine advocacy. I was pretty outraged when a local TV News station in Dallas ran a hatchet job on vaccines around the time my daughter was born, also in 2000.
    You mentioned that your son was hospitalized. Did he recover fully?

    • Amy Pisani says:

      Thanks for your comment.
      The year 2000 was right around the time when all the misinformation started about thimerosal and I was concerned as anyone about mercury in vaccines. Luckily I had access to the information on the studies that were conducted that disproved the theories about autism. It was a confusing time period, but now that so much research has been conducted on vaccines and autism I think parents who have access to research will be able to make the right decisions for their families.
      My son did fully recover from his flu hospitalization and he got his vaccine the minute they made it available to his age group. Thankfully now it is available to children as young as six months of age. There is still so much misinformation out there about seasonal and h1n1 flu – I hope parents can see around it and will protect their children.

  4. Lisa Randall says:

    This is great. I’m encouraged by observing that a lot of people do seem to understand that avoiding vaccination introduces its own serious risks (see, e.g., http://www.dooce.com/2009/04/07/word-or-two-about-vaccinations), but the 1180 comments on that segment indicate at the same time that there’s a long way to go in clearing up public confusion and fears around vaccines.

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