About Us

The Shot of Prevention (SOP) blog is hosted by Every Child By Two (ECBT), a national nonprofit organization that aims to raise awareness of the critical importance of vaccinations for people of all ages.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Shot of Prevention is a community blog where individuals, parents, medical professionals and others gather to discuss current events and issues regarding immunizations. Over the years we have heard many stories from parents, doctors and advocates about how confusing and frustrating it can be to find good information about vaccines and vaccine safety online. This inspired us to introduce Shot of Prevention in 2009, a blog where different voices can come together to share their perspectives and personal stories. We hope you will find the resource to be beneficial, and we hope you will engage in these important conversations with us!

Amy Pisani, Lead Editor

Amy Pisani has served as the Executive Director of Every Child By Two (ECBT) since 1998. ECBT was founded by Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Former First Lady of Arkansas Betty Bumpers in 1991 to ensure the timely immunizations of all children.  Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Bumpers started ECBT in response to one of the largest U.S. measles outbreaks in recent history, which sickened more than 55,000 people, hospitalized over 11,000, and killed more than 120, many of whom were young children.

ECBT launched the Vaccinate Your Baby initiative with Amanda Peet in 2008 in order to encourage parents to get the facts about vaccinations, in response to Hib, whooping cough and measles outbreaks that were cropping up around the country. In 2015, ECBT expanded its mission and launched the Vaccinate Your Family (VYF) program to emphasize the importance of vaccinations for the entire family – people of all ages. In conjunction with the VYF program launch, the Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page was rebranded as Vaccinate Your Family. ECBT also has two Twitter accounts (@Vaxyourfamily and @Shotofprev) and Vaccinate Your Family Instagram page. Since 2016, ECBT has reached over fifteen million people with pro-vaccination messages through our Vaccinate Your Family program, and our Facebook page remains one of the most followed on the topic of vaccines. As a mother of two teenage boys and previously a foster parent to a teenage girl, Amy has first-hand experiences with vaccines and questions parents have about their safety, efficacy and necessity.

Read Amy’s Welcome Message

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 co-editor of this blog, I encourage everyone to comment and look forward to actively reading and engaging with you!

 

Christine Vara – Lead Editor, April 2010 – June 2018

Christine Vara is a strategic communications specialist with over 25 years of experience in advertising, marketing, public relations and social media.  In April 2010, she began working with Every Child By Two (ECBT) to educate the public about the benefits of immunizations and to counter the pervasive amount of vaccine misinformation that exists online. Christine helped ECBT establish the first and most influential pro-vaccine social media pages including this Shot of Prevention blog, the Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page (now called Vaccinate Your Family), the @ShotofPrev and @VaxYourFamily Twitter accounts, and the Vaccinate Your Family Instagram page.

Over the years, Christine presented at many national and state-level immunization conferences, where she advised attendees on how to leverage social media and online communications to help parents make educated choices about vaccines. Her dynamic background in communications, combined with her role as a dedicated mother to five children, provided a unique parent’s perspective to the online discussion of immunizations and the science behind them.

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