Dr. Todd Harris

Parent Resources: Immunizations

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

 March 21, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”

We define “best resource” as being:

  • Based on the best science
  • Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
  • Regularly updated as we find new things
  • Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!

Today’s topic:

Information About Vaccines

RCAM Approved Resource

Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website provides a wide range of vaccine information for providers and parents.

From the AAP through healthychildren.org

Vaccine topics presented in a straightforward and easy-to-understand way can be found here.

Checkout just a few of its features:

Immunization Action Coalition

  • Vaccineinformation.orgFor parents and people of all ages, it provides timely, accurate, and proven information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
  • Immunize.orgThis is the health professionals version of the above website and includes a wide variety of information.

Immunizations for Public Health (I4PH)

I4PH website provides more general vaccine information, including articles about specific immunization topics as well as vaccine preventable diseases.

Parents of Kids with Infectious Disease (PKIDS)

From their mission statement: “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; and to assist the families of the children living with hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, or other chronic, viral infectious diseases with emotional, financial and informational support.”

Vaccine Education Center at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

CHOP’s official website includes this section about vaccines that “provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.”


“The Vaccine Page provides access to up-to-the-minute news about vaccines and an annotated database of vaccine resources on the Internet.”

Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Information Statements

Provides possible health consequences of non-vaccination and possible side effects of each vaccine