Practical medical science and strategy for safe group gatherings and overcoming vaccine hesitancy.

Dr. Laura Blaisdell is a trusted and engaging voice on topics that are top-of-mind today.

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Camp Medicine

What is the science and data on gathering safely in the camp setting? How do you diligently layer public health interventions to prevent and mitigate the spread of infectious disease? How can camp medicine help support a healthy camp program?

Vaccines, Hesitancy & Resistance

How do vaccines work and how are they researched and developed? What is the historical and current understanding of vaccine resistance? Who and what are the movements against vaccines? What can be done to protect our schools and communal spaces against vaccine preventable disease?

Policy & Strategy to Prevent Pediatric Infectious Disease

What policies work to keep our kids safe from infectious disease? What works inside the exam room? What policy options do school and community leaders have to protect these communities? Who is working in this space to protect our community's children?


Dr. Laura Blaisdell in a video talks about how the summer looks to be another COVID-19 summer.

2021 Looks to Be Another COVID Summer

Dr. Laura Blaisdell in a video provides guidance on COVID-19.

Dr. Laura Blaisdell Provides Medical Guidance on COVID-19

Dr. Laura Blaisdell in a video speaking to Maine Summer Camps and answering questions about Summer 2021.

Maine Summer Camps: Summer 2021


Blaisdell LL, Lilienthal, A. Camp Winnebago and H1N1 Preparedness.

Maine H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Augusta, ME. August 20, 2009.

Blaisdell LL. Ambulatory Pediatric Burn Management and Research.

Maine American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference. Portland ME. November, 2009.

Blaisdell LL. The Hygiene Hypothesis: Are Our Children Too Clean?

The Owen Wells Annual Pediatric Conference at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Portland, ME. November, 2010.

Blaisdell LL, Begley J. How do we start understanding perplexing environmental children’s health exposures?

The National Children’s Study In: Maine Public Health Association. Portland, ME. October 18, 2011.

Blaisdell LL, Web & Social Media Strategies in the National Children’s Study.

NCS Steering Committee Meeting. Bethesda, MD. February 14, 2012.

Blaisdell LL. Vaccine Hesitancy: The Role of Perceived Risk & Ambiguity.

Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Maine Medical Center, Portland ME. April, 23, 2014.

Blaisdell LL. Immunology and Vaccine Hesitancy: The Role of Risk and Ambiguity.

Annual Biology Lecture at University of Maine Augusta. March 25, 2015.

Blaisdell LL. The Study of Vaccine Hesitancy through Focus Group Methodology.

Maine Medical Center Research Institute Qualitative Research Interest Group. Portland, ME. April 23, 2014.

Blaisdell LL. Mission Moment,

Maine Health Board of Directors. February 5, 2015.

Blaisdell LL. Social Media Use to Support Recruitment and Retention in Research.

Tufts CTSI Translational Research Day. Boston, MA. November 10th, 2015.

Blaisdell LL., Lilienthal, AL. Maine Youth Camping Association Education Committee Invited Lecture.

“Lyme, Lice and Things that Bite: How to Communicate with Parents and Use Best Protective Measures for Campers.” April 2017.

Blaisdell LL. “Just Little Old Me; Stepping Into the Role of An Advocate.”

Maine American Academy of Pediatrics Conference, May 2019.

Blaisdell LL, Smith ES. “Camps: Infectious disease prevention, surveillance and reporting.”

Maine Summer Camps, September 2019.

Blaisdell LL. Vaccine Hesitation: Legislative Actions to Shore Up Community Immunity.

New Jersey Immunization Network, September 2019.

Blaisdell LL Vaccine Hesitation: Legislative Actions to Shore Up Community Immunity.

Minnesota American Academy of Pediatrics, November 2019.

Blaisdell LL. Camping & Coronavirus. American Camp Association of New England (March 2020).

Maine Summer Camps & Maine Camp Experience (April 2020).

Blaisdell LL. Vaccine Hesitancy: In and Out of the Exam Room.

Maine Osteopathic Association. (Feb 2020, June 2020).

Expert Panel, Environmental Health & Engineering Inc.

Camp Field Operations During the SARS-CoV2 Pandemic. April-June 2020.


Laura Blaisdell MD/MPH, FAAP

is a board-certified, public health trained pediatrician and advocate with expertise in vaccine policy and camp medicine. She shares her expertise on local and national media and serves as medical advisor to the American Camp Association (ACA).