Apr 072011
 

Dear pro-healthers,

We’re proud to share with you the 3rd issue of  The Vaccine Times, the Jan-Mar 2011 issue. Please click the picture below to get the PDF.

What’s new?

Many exciting developments have occurred since the last issue was published. Here is a short list of the biggest ones.
Facebook Page
A fan page has been set up on Facebook. Click the icon and check it out. You’re here already, which means you like us; so why not head on over to Facebook and *like* our page. We want to keep in touch, and the Facebook page is a great way to do that. Comment on the stories we post, post your own, get in a conversation with other pro-healthers…in short do whatever you want. We only ask that you be civil.
We’re now taking print subscription orders

After the amazing show of support which is making it possible for us to print the first ever batch of The Vaccine Times, we have decided to take the leap and start taking print subscription orders. The move is not without danger. The printer will not print single issues; a minimum number of copies needs to be printed at any time. If we receive only one print subscription order, we have to print all the extra copies. Given our extremely tight finances the risk is substantial. But we are confident that you will be by our side and will help us chug along. We need just a few dozen subscription orders for it to become self-supporting. With your help, we can do it.
Website Redesign
The website has been completely revamped, and is now more functional, and easier to use for our users, and a little prettier too. What do you think?
New blogger joins us

A new writer has joined us. He is Michael Rosch (@skepacabra), whose own blog can be found at http://skepacabra.wordpress.com/. Michael has already contributed a few entries, which have generated good levels of comments. We’re very pleased to have him on board, and we hope to feature his articles in future issues of The Vaccine Times.

Leart is writing for Randi.org

Our Editor-In-Chief, Leart Shaka, has joined the Randi.org blogging team. He will be contributing entries regularly. In the mean time, please head on over and check out his first entry titled “Jenny McCarthy’s trouble with facts” and leave a comment.

We could use some help

From you. Yes, you can help us move one step close to our goal. We’ve gone a long way, but we have an even longer way to go. Many things need to get done, and we need help from the pro-health community.

So, what can you help with?

Subscribe

If you can afford to, please consider purchasing a subscription to the print Vaccine Times. Paid subscriptions is what makes the whole enterprise possible and we need a couple of dozen paid subscriptions for them to pay for themselves and keep us going.

Spread the word

April is Autism Awareness Month, as such we can expect the anti-vaccine crowd to amp up their vaccine bashing efforts. Therefore, it is extremely important to spread the pro-health message. One way to do that is to plug The Vaccine Times, and help us reach our goals. We need more subscribers to our free e-mail list, many, many more.

Our goal for this issue was to reach 200. Unfortunately we did not achieve that goal. As of today we have 131 subscribers. The number is small but boy, do we have quality subscribers. In our list we have famous skeptics, podcasters, writers, even the occasional TV celebrity. We are honored to call each and every one of you our friend. But, we want more friends, we want your friends. Help us grow; help us reach 400 subscribers in our e-mail list by the next issue. Give us a shout-out on Twitter, share something from our Facebook page with your Facebook friends, give us a plug on your blog or podcast. Post the following on your Twitter or Facebook account:

I just got my #VaccineTimes copy. You should too. Join their mailing list. http://tinyurl.com/5tqesqk

OR

Help counter anti-vaccine propaganda. Subscribe to The #VaccineTimes today. http://tinyurl.com/4x8o6ox

Marketing

Our goal is to reach parents through their pediatrician’s and doctor’s office. In turn, that implies that we have to be able to reach the pediatricians and doctors so that they can decide (hopefully) to subscribe to the print Vaccine Times. It turns out that is not so easy to do. CAN SPAM forbids us from sending unsolicited blast e-mails, and a similar law forbids us from sending unsolicited mass faxes. The obvious option is to advertise with publications that reach a lot of pediatricians and doctors, such as…oh say Pediatrics journal. The problem, as most of you have probably guessed already, is that that is prohibitively expensive. So what to do?

If you can help with this sort of stuff, drop us a line at admin@vaccinetimes.com.

Work for a health, skeptical or other interested organization?

Let them know about the Vaccine Times. Ask them to support the mission by buying advertising space with us. Our prices are quite reasonable. Ask them to consider purchasing a number of subscriptions for their employees. Ask them to purchases in bulk, to give out for any special events they may have planned. Do they have any special programs that fall within the vaccination education efforts that can sponsor us? Some of you work for government health agencies, ask around if there are any special grants that might apply to our project.

Some of you work in the health-care system yourself. We expect the most enthusiastic response will be from those of you in this field, since educating the public about life-saving vaccines falls within your domain and directly benefits you. So ask your hospital if they have any funds in their budget that can be used to support The Vaccine Times. Ask the doctors at the practice you work to purchase a subscription each.

And lastly….

We get branded “shills” on a regular basis, so brighten up our day a little and send us a nice word; it helps to keep us going (almost as much as a new subscription order :-) )

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