Personal Stories


What Parents of Every Teen Should Know About Meningitis

While anyone can contract meningococcal disease, adolescents and young adults are among the population who have a higher risk for the disease due to their lifestyle factors. Learn...


Five Things I’ve Learned About Vaccines Through 21 Years of Parenting

I gave birth to five children in the span of nine years. My oldest daughter will soon be 21.  My youngest, 12.  Over the years, I’ve learned a few...


Federal & State Legislators are Listening: Time To Advocate For the Value of Vaccines

There has clearly been a political awakening in this country and people are once again motivated to make their voices heard in regard to political policies.  When it comes...


Even With All Our Modern Medicine, I Watched My Sister Die From Flu

In December, 2009 my sister Liza died of influenza. She was previously healthy and only 49 years old. She sought medical care early. She was cared for at...


Make Sure Your College Student Has These Shots Before Returning To Campus

Teens and young adults have a tendency to believe they’re completely invincible.  But their lifestyle – which often involves high levels of stress, inadequate amounts of sleep and close...


Stories of Polio, Meningitis, HPV, Hepatitis and Pertussis Top 2016 List

Every Child By Two’s (now Vaccinate Your Family’s) online pages have reached over 11 million people with evidence based vaccine messaging in 2016. As we look back at the...


Is Your College Student Protected from This Deadly but Preventable Disease?

Parents often go to great lengths to help their children succeed in college.  What they may not realize is that their children often arrive on campus unprotected from a life threatening,...


A Mother’s Plea: Don’t Let Flu Steal Your Healthy Child

This guest post by Serese Marotta, Chief Operating Officer of Families Fighting Flu, is part of the CDC Flu Blog-A-Thon held in honor of National Influenza Vaccination Week. As parents, we...


One Mom’s Advice: Get Your Kids A Flu Vaccine As Soon As It Becomes Available

For the most recent information on flu vaccines and flu season, visit Vaccinate Your Family’s website. A flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older because...


I Lost My 20 Year Old Child to Flu. Don’t Think It Can’t Happen to You.

Losing your 20 year old healthy child to flu is something no parent ever expects to happen. by Franki Andersen Seven months ago, I lost my beautiful daughter, Brittany...