I’m so glad you’re here! I am a practicing family physician and mom with a passion for prevention, education, and caring for my community (that’s you!).
I know how challenging it can be to be a parent these days and how difficult it is for all of us to make sense out of what we read on the internet. As more and more people seek health advice online, I feel that physicians (that’s me!) and other medical professionals have a responsibility to offer a counter point to some of the fear tactics and misinformation that abound.
Whether you are a parent, a patient, or a medical professional, this site will offer evidence-based, data-supported information and resources – about vaccination, preventive care, and a variety of other health and wellness topics that you can use to keep yourself, your family, and your patients healthy.
Thanks for joining me on my quest and for taking me along on your journey in this crazy adventure we call Life!
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Praise for Let’s Talk Vaccines:
“I’ve been studying vaccine science and advocating for immunizing wisely as a pediatrician, but there has never been such a useful, easy-to-read resource before Dr. LaSalle created “Let’s Talk Vaccines”. Although I was familiar with much of the science, the writing was so strong that I stayed up for hours to read the book cover to cover. I now keep it as a reference for all of my pediatric team at a community health center but also turn to it when I am responding to questions on social media”
“Highest possible recommendation from me! I am a pediatrician in solo practice. I have it on my front counter to greet parents and patients. Excellent science presented evenly and understandably. I use it as a reference when I get wacky vaccine questions. The book has the answer, without the subconscious eye roll. “Let’s Talk Vaccines” has been well-received by even my most ardent anti-vax population. The book is evidenced-based and respectful at the same time. Love it.”
“Important and informative, easy to grasp information on vaccine facts. Defrauds “conspiracy theories” with real science and medicine. A must-read for doubters and simply explained for those who just want to understand the science.”
A Little Background
Vaccines are one of the greatest public health achievements in all of medical history. Since the discovery of the first vaccine in 1796, immunizations have saved millions of lives and billions of dollars. Smallpox has been eradicated from the planet. Polio is now only present in a very few countries with hopes of eradication in the near future. In the U.S., we no longer see children born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome or dying from Diphtheria. Many of today’s doctors have never seen a case of Tetanus. Vaccines have made it a much safer world in which to live. Yet vaccines have become a victim of their own success. As vaccine-preventable disease seems less an ever-present danger, and with the advent of the internet where often faulty information is spread with ease, vaccination rates are declining and we are seeing resurgence of deadly diseases. If we hope to protect ourselves and our loved ones from unnecessary and costly illness, we must arm ourselves with the facts and we must remain vigilant.
Test Your Vaccine Knowledge
Test your knowledge of the flu vaccine – follow this link to take the quiz!
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Are You Up-to-Date?
To see if you are on track, follow the links below for the CDC’s recommended immunization schedules:
- For Children, Birth through 6 Years
- For Preteens and Teens, 7-18 Years
- For Adults, by Age
- For Adults, by Health Condition
Check the links below to find out what vaccinations you may need and how to keep yourself and your family safe: