Reliable Information About Immunization and Immunization Safety
To make the best choices about immunization, parents need to base their decisions on the best information available. The links below provide access to authoritative sources about immunization and related topics. If you have other sources that you believe should be on our list please email us.
American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP is an organization of 60,000 primary
care physicians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and
pediatric surgical sub-specialists dedicated to the health,
safety and well being of infants, children,
adolescents and young adults.
The AAP web site includes information
in English and Spanish. The website contains:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Immunization schedules
- Audio clips of vaccine experts
- FAQs on diseases and vaccines
The CDC is a government resource for information about
for vaccine safety.
The CDC web site includes:
Immunization Action Coalition
- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
- National Health Surveys
- Vaccine Information Statements
- Vaccine Safety Datalink
- Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
- Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment
- Interactive schedulers
The IAC works to increase immunization rates
and prevent disease by creating and distributing
educational materials for health professionals and
the public that enhance the delivery of safe and
effective immunization services. IAC’s web site includes:
Every Child by Two
- Immunization handouts for patients and staff
- Newsletters about vaccinating children and adults
- Facts on diseases and vaccines
- Vaccine Information Statements and translations
- Ask the Experts Q&A’s
- Immunization record cards
vaccinateyourbaby.org • ecbt.org
Every Child By Two, founded by Rosalynn Carter and
Betty Bumpers, is an organization devoted to raising
awareness of the critical need for timely immunizations.
ECBT’s Vaccinate Your Baby web site is a one-stop
shop for families with questions about vaccines.
Vaccinate Your Baby web site includes:
Vaccine Education Center
- Video FAQs from experts
- Vaccine safety studies
- Links to Facebook page and vaccine blog
- Information on vaccine development and reasons for
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Vaccine Education
Center provides complete and up-to-date information
about vaccines to parents and health care professionals.
The Vaccine Education Center’s website includes:
Institute for Vaccine Safety
- FAQs about vaccines
- Videos and booklets on vaccine safety
- Information regarding preventable diseases and vaccines
- Parents PACK, which offers a web site and monthly e-mail
The Institute for Vaccine Safety provides an independent
assessment of vaccines and vaccine safety.
The Institute’s web site includes:
National Network for Immunization Information
- Independent evaluations of vaccine safety
- Discussion of vaccine components
- Vaccine exemption laws and links to state legislation
- Vaccine schedules, recommendations, package inserts and manufacturers information.
NNii is a service provided by Immunizations for
Public Health, a Texas-based nonprofit corporation
dedicated to making immunization information
available to those who need it.
NNii’s web site includes:
Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases
- Factsheets on each vaccin
- Web pages on safety issues and recommended schedules
- Vaccines recommended for pregnant women
PKIDs’ mission is to educate the public about
infectious diseases, the methods of prevention and
transmission, the latest advances in medicine, and the
elimination of social stigma borne by the infected.
PKIDs’ web site includes:
Dr. Paul Offit
- How vaccines and the immune system work
- What the world would look like without vaccines
- Infectious Disease Workshop materials
- Stories of children who have had vaccine preventable diseases
- Q&As about vaccine safety
Paul A. Offit, MD is an American pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and is an expert in infectious diseases, immunology and virology. Dr. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vacinology, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Chief of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.