Immunization Stories

Minnesota parents and families share personal stories about why they feel immunization is important.

Stories Are Powerful (PDF)
Flyer for parents and providers to promote this website.

On this page:
Ashley's story - My decision to immunize
Emily's story - Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Ginny and Andy's story - Meningococcal disease
Jaimilynn's story - Why I immunize
Kelly and Dan's story - Flu
Laura's story - We rely on the community for immunity
Shannon's story - Pneumococcal disease
Sumer's story - Flu and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
More Resources for Immunization Stories

Ashley's kids playingAshley's story - My decision to immunize
Ashley shares her story of hesitating to give her son a vaccine, but then realizing that not vaccinating would be a much greater risk.


Emily's daughterEmily's story - Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Emily tells the story of her daughter who contracted pertussis, also known as whooping cough.



Ginny's sonGinny and Andy's story - Meningococcal disease
Ginny's son, Andy, contracted meningococcal disease while in college. Ginny and Andy share their family's story in hopes that other families won't have to go through what they did.


Jaimilynn's familyJaimilynn's story - Why I immunize
Jaimilynn is the mother of four young boys. She shares her thoughts on the importance of immunization.



Laura's sonKelly and Dan's story - Flu
Kelly and Dan's son got sick with influenza (flu) when he was 8 months old and spent five long days in the hospital fighting the disease.

Laura's sonLaura's story - We rely on the community for immunity
Laura’s son was exposed to measles while receiving chemotherapy treatment which severely weakens his immune system. Laura explains why they have to rely on the community to be immunized so her son, and others like him, can be protected.

Shannon's daughterShannon's story - Pneumococcal disease
Shannon shares the story of her daughter, Abigale, who died after contracting a vaccine-preventable disease.

Shannon's daughterSumer's story - Flu and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
At 7 weeks old, Sumer's youngest daughter, Amalia, became sick with flu and pertussis (whooping cough). Amalia was too young to be vaccinated against these diseases. Her mom encourages all parents to vaccinate their kids to protect them and others.

More Resources for Immunization Stories

Shot By Shot: Stories of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
View real stories about vaccine-preventable diseases from the people who have been touched by them. This site is a project of the California Immunization Coalition. Attention: Non-MDH link

Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotten Story
A collection of stories from Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research (CVAR) of individuals and families who have experienced the devastation of vaccine-preventable diseases. Attention: Non-MDH link

Personal Stories about Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Stories from families who have endured the consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases collected by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Attention: Non-MDH link

Personal Testimonies
Stories compiled by the Immunization Action Coalition. The stories can be sorted by disease and age group. Attention: Non-MDH link

Updated Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 03:27PM