Debunking Vaccine Ingredient Myths

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It is true that some vaccine ingredients could be toxic…at much higher doses. But any substance — even water or the sun — can be toxic given a large enough dose. And at a very low dose, even a highly toxic substance can be safe. Just look at Botox — one of the most toxic substances known to hu­manity — which is injected in small quantities into a person’s face to reduce wrinkles.

Preventable Childhood Diseases are NOT a Right of Childhood

Lisa Dettling, who was instrumental in starting the Washoe County Coalition for Childhood Immunizations, which has since evolved into Immunize Nevada, shares why she made the decision to immunize her daughters on time and on schedule.  

HPV Vaccine Could Save Your Child's Life

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When it comes to their kids, parents are always planning. One plan that's easy to make could have a tremendous benefit, even saving a life: planning to have preteens vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that causes genital warts but can also cause cervical cancer, as well as anal, vaginal, vulvar, penile, and oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancers. About 17,600 women and 9,300 men are affected by HPV-related cancers each year and nearly all sexually-active people will come in contact with HPV in their lifetime.

Should You Before Spring Break?

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We’re quite sure we don’t have to remind you, but Spring Break is right around the corner. And we’re also guessing you already have everything planned out and buttoned up: airfare, hotel, vaccinations, activities, tours...

Nope, this isn’t a game of “Which one isn’t like the others?” We meant vaccinations. So what do vaccines have to do with Spring Break? If you are traveling internationally or anywhere with large groups of people (which, during Spring Break, probably translates directly to “anywhere”), vaccinations should be the top item on your to-do list.

Vaccinations Are in their Best Interests

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Without a doubt, most parents make decisions they believe are in the best interest of their children. Sometimes they listen to friends, family, doctors and teachers. Sometimes they do their research. Sometimes they don't.

And sometimes, life just throws curve balls, even if we've done all of the above.

My Story: The HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

Immunize Nevada Executive Director Heidi Parker tells her personal HPV story during a TEDx presentation

When I was recently asked to give a TEDx talk about preventing cancer through HPV vaccination, I didn’t want my HPV story to be part of it. I didn’t want it broadcast to the world. I definitely didn’t want to talk about sex.

Why Vaccinate?

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Immunize Nevada needs your help. Post a picture of you, your family, your friends to our Facebook page, tag it #IAmTheWhy, and join us in spreading the word about the very personal reasons you choose to vaccinate.

Experts Advise: Talk To Your Doctor About Antivirals If You Have The Flu

The flu is famous for its painfully lingering nature. Fever, achiness, chills, fatigue and other nasty symptoms can last for weeks on end.

Baby on Board: Flu Shot in Arm

Like many women, I had babies in my late 20s — at a time in my life...

Nevada turns 150 this month. We want to know 150 reasons why you get a flu vaccine.

“Most of the time we make medical decisions based on what we perceive to be in our individual best interest,”

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