Personal Testimonies

Adrian Elkins

  • Hepatitis B

Adrian’s sister writes about her brother’s death and his siblings’ determination to educate the public about hepatitis B.


  • Hepatitis B

This is the Congressional testimony of a pharmacist who writes in favor of universal hepatitis B vaccination for U.S. infants and all children ages 0-18.

FDA Magazine

  • Shingles (zoster)

Details on the complications from shingles, including rash, eye or skin problems, scarring, nerve paralysis, pneumonia, encephalitis, and death.


  • Pneumococcal

Linda writes about her elderly friend’s illness with pneumococcal pneumonia.

Jamie Schanbaum

  • Meningococcal

Jamie Schanbaum lost her legs below the knee and her hands after a seven-month fight with bacterial meningitis.

Joe Moakley

  • Hepatitis B

U.S. Congressman John Joseph Moakley from Massachusetts was gravely ill with hepatitis B virus infection but fortunately received a successful liver transplant.


  • Hepatitis B

Recounting a young doctor’s death from hepatitis B-related liver cancer, the story is a tragic example of the consequence of inadequate medical attention to people with chronic hepatitis B.


  • Tetanus (lockjaw)

Tetanus is far more than a “rusty nail” disease.


  • Hepatitis B

A medical student shares the details of her mother’s sudden death from hepatitis B.


  • Hepatitis B

No one should ever have to suffer through being infected with the hepatitis B virus—it is preventable with a series of three shots.

National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC)

  • HPV (human papillomavirus)

HPV vaccine has potential to reduce worldwide cancer deaths by more than 200,000.

Ramona & June

  • Whooping cough (pertussis)

Ramona, a grandmother, describes her family’s experience when her 6-month-old granddaughter contracted pertussis from her.


  • Hepatitis B

Dr. O’Brien wrote this gripping piece about the rapid deterioration in health of her patient Thomas, a 25-year-old graduate student suffering from acute hepatitis B infection.


  • Hepatitis A

A traveling filmmaker reflects on the high cost of hepatitis A virus infection.

Wise Family

  • Hepatitis B

This account of the Wise family exemplifies the toll undetected hepatitis B infection takes among Asian American/Pacific Islander immigrants and the serious consequences misinterpreted hepatitis B test results can have.

Yorkshire Post

  • Tetanus (lockjaw)

After tetanus killed a woman after fall in her garden, her daughter speaks out to raise awareness of what could happen if people are not immunized.

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