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Parents are often presented with conflicting information about vaccines and their safety through the media and the internet, some of which may not be based on sound science. The following resources may help parents better understand why immunizations are important and the benefits and risks of vaccines.
General Information on Vaccines
Parents Guide to Childhood Immunization. Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Immunization Program (NIP).
A hard copy of this publication may be ordered by calling 800-232-2522 or completing the online order form at the link above.
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)
These statements contain descriptions of vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccines, contraindications and precautions, and associated adverse events.
Vaccines: What You Should Know 3rd edition (P.A. Offit, L.M. Bell, IDG Books, 2003). You may purchase this book in your local bookstore or you can call John Wiley & Sons, Inc. at 800-225-5945 for more information.
Allied Vaccine Group
Comprised of organizations dedicated to presenting valid scientific information about vaccines. This site offers facts for providers, parents, journalists, and policymakers, and provides links to organizations that provide fair and balanced information on vaccines.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): How Vaccines Prevent Disease
A brief description of how vaccines protect children from disease from the CDC National Immunization Program.
CDC: What would Happen if We Stopped Vaccinations?
A look at each vaccine-preventable disease and the burden it would cause if vaccinations were stopped. Provided by the CDC National Immunization Program.
CDC: Vaccine Safety Information for Parents
Learn how vaccines are monitored for safety. Also includes information on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program from the CDC Immunization Safety Office.
CDC: Vaccine Side Effects
Learn more about known vaccine side effects from the CDC National Immunization Program website.
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