Preteens/Teens


Staying Up to Date with Vaccinations During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Critical

This guest post was written in May 2020 by VYF Board Member Mary Koslap-Petraco DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, FAANP, an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University School of...


The Vaccine Mom Discusses Thimerosal in Vaccines

The Vaccine Mom, a molecular biologist and mother of two, explains: Why thimerosal, a preservative containing ethyl mercury, was added to some vaccines How ethylmercury differs from methylmercury (the...


The Vaccine Mom Discusses How a COVID-19 Vaccine Would Work

The Vaccine Mom, a molecular biologist and mother of two, explains how a COVID-19 vaccine would work to protect against coronavirus.    Resources VYF: How Do Vaccines Work? CDC: The...


Vaccine Myths Still Undermine Infants’ Access to Care

This guest post was written by Mitchell Goldstein, MD. Dr. Goldstein is a professor of pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, CA, and medical director...


VYF Board Member Offers Road Map for Lifting Stay-At-Home Orders

As state and federal government officials in the U.S. debate lifting stay-at-home orders, we must be thoughtful about when and how to safely reopen during the COVID-19 crisis. Opening...


The Vaccine Mom Explains Cloth Face Masks During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Cloth face masks are now recommended by the CDC to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Vaccine Mom, a molecular biologist and mother of two,...


The Vaccine Mom Discusses What to Do When You Think You May Be Sick with COVID-19 or Flu

The Vaccine Mom, a molecular biologist and mother of two, talks about what to do when you think you may be sick with the coronavirus (COVID-19) or another respiratory...


The Facts about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

As is the case with any medication, vaccines can have side effects. A serious side effect after vaccination is very rare, but if it does happen, a person can...


Coronavirus Is Bad, But Let’s Not Forget About Flu

A lot of people are very concerned about the new novel coronavirus (now named COVID-19), and understandably so. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 47,000 cases have...


Start the conversation about vaccines with your child TODAY.

Taryn, The Vaccine Mom, talks about how and why you need to talk to your child about vaccines. It’s never too early or too late to start the conversation!