Personal Stories


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...


My 16 Year Old Son Has Suffered More Than 7 Weeks With Pertussis

This guest post was written by Carolyn who works as a Home Health Community Nurse and who originally shared her son’s story on the Nurses Who Vaccinate blog to help...


I Want Parents to Know About the Additional Meningococcal Vaccine That Could Have Saved My Daughter

This guest post has been written by Patti Wukovits, a Registered Nurse and Executive Director of The Kimberly Coffey Foundation, as part of National Immunization Awareness Month’s week-long focus on...


One Mother’s Mission to Save Lives And Prevent Meningococcal Disease

After losing her son Evan to meningococcal disease, Lynn Bozof’s life became a mission to prevent other families from experiencing similar tragedies. She has since co-founded the National Meningitis...