Personal Stories


I’m a Doctor and Mom of Two. Here’s Why I Vaccinated My Young Kids Against COVID.

By Dr. G. Panisri Rao I’m a family physician and a mother of two. My kids — ages five and seven — are both vaccinated against COVID. Here’s why....


My 6 Year Old Is In a COVID Vaccine Trial — Here’s Our Experience

by Robyn Correll It’s been a long pandemic. Like a lot of parents of young children, we’ve skipped birthday parties, long-awaited trips, and family gatherings to protect our kids...


3 Things I’ve Learned Since Losing My Son to Flu

By Serese Marotta, Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy, Vaccinate Your Family (former Chief Operating Officer, Families Fighting Flu) Today is a hard day for me – it’s been eight years since...


A Tribute to Nick Springer: Advocate, Athlete and Friend

You didn’t need to see his gold medal to know Nick Springer was a champion.  We knew him as a fierce advocate for immunization, but he was also a...


From Avoiding Vaccines to Getting A Child Caught Up: Where To Start?

If you’ve forgone vaccines in the past and are now looking to vaccinate your child, the good news is that getting your child caught up on vaccines is totally...


Before You’re Down & Out, Get Shingles Vaccines

By Amy Pisani, Executive Director of Vaccinate Your Family  It’s been a rough couple of years for me on both a physical and mental level.  I suspect that I...


Top Shot of Prevention Posts from 2020

If you’ve missed a post or three on Vaccinate Your Family’s Shot of Prevention blog this year, we don’t blame you. The COVID-19 pandemic turned many of our lives...


Rotary – Eradicating Polio & Creating Lifelong Friendships

By Amy Pisani, Executive Director of Vaccinate Your Family & President of Rotary Club of Mystic, CT Today is “World Polio Day” and as the world grapples with the...


Why We Celebrate “Flu Shot Day” in Our Home

By Robyn Correll, MPH My kids think Flu Shot Day is an official holiday — and in our house, it is. They get off school and my husband and...


A Pastor’s Perspective: The Moral Case for Getting a Flu Vaccine

By Rev. Kathryn Saunders-Allen I remember well the day that I got my chickenpox vaccine as a little girl. When I realized that we were pulling up to the...