TIP Talk

Wednesday April 26, 2017

How Coincidences Shape Views of Vaccines--and Shouldn't

It’s hard to believe that mere decades ago, some studies purportedly “showed” that ice cream caused polio. One doctor concluded that it must be the sugar. There was even an anti-polio diet that called for withholding the frozen treat from children, along with sodas.

Monday April 17, 2017

What's Legislative Day All About, Anyway?

Amy Aiken walks confidently into the offices of Texas legislators on her two prosthetic legs. She is missing her fingers and her legs are amputated below the knee as a result of her battle with meningitis. I met Amy on Immunization Legislative Day in March, where she passionately shares her story with lawmakers and their aides, because if anyone can vividly and courageously represent the importance of vaccination and the value of protective immunization laws, Amy can.

Thursday April 13, 2017

5 Key Facts About the Online Vaccine Education Bill

Parents want the best for their children, which is why they seek out information to make educated choices about their sons’ and daughters’ health. When it comes to vaccines, they want to be able to weigh what their pediatrician tells them against the frightening tales they might find on the Internet that make debunked claims about autism or mercury in relation to immunization.

Thursday April 6, 2017

6 Things to Know About the Non-Medical Exemption Bill

The word “conscience” might seem a little old-fashioned to people these days. Wasn’t that Jiminy Cricket’s job as Pinocchio’s pal? But in fact, conscience remains an important concept in all our doings—including in decisions about whether or not to vaccinate.

Thursday March 30, 2017

7 Key Facts About the HPV Vaccine Reporting Bill

It’s natural and right for Texans to want an efficient and effective state government. After all, resources are limited and no one loves to pay more taxes. Getting more bang for our public buck is simply good policy.

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