Personal Stories


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...


Your Vaccination Status is a Matter of Life and Death to My Autistic Son

This guest post was written by Alethea Mshar out of concern for her son Ben.  A version of this post originally appeared on her blog Ben’s Writing, Running Mom....


My Polio Story is an Inconvenient Truth to Those Who Refuse Vaccines

by Judith Shaw Beatty In 1949, the year I was hit by the poliovirus, 42,000 cases of polio were reported in the United States and 2,720 people died, most...


Parents Play Key Role as Local & National Vaccine Advocates

Parents who have watched their child suffer from a vaccine preventable disease can often feel blindsided.  Prior to their own personal experiences they’re usually unfamiliar with the dangers of these diseases....


How My Vaccinated Daughter Died From Meningitis and What I’m Doing About It

This is a guest post, written by Alicia Stillman, Director of the Emily Stillman Foundation.  One of the missions of the Foundation is to raise awareness of meningococcal disease and the various...


After Losing Babies to Pertussis Parents Make Plea for Prevention

How is it that three families, who’ve never actually met one another, find themselves sharing words of consolation and encouragement at the same time each year? How...


Questioning Whether To Get Your Child the HPV Vaccine? Read This

In June 2006, the first human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was licensed for use in the U.S.  Rather than celebrate the development of a vaccine to prevent a deadly form...


A Tribute to Senator Dale Bumpers; Staunch Advocate for Public Health

By Amy Pisani, Executive Director of Every Child By Two   Dale Bumpers passed away on New Year’s Day, 2016.  He will be remembered by many as a staunch...


Shot of Prevention’s Year in Review: Top Posts from 2015

As we prepare for the challenges of 2016, we want to thank everyone for a successful 2015.  Once again, the past year has been one of tremendous growth.  We’ve seen a record number of...