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!
Information About Vaccines
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.org – “For parents and people of all ages, it provides timely, accurate, and proven information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.“
- Immunize.org – This is the health professionals version of the above website and includes a wide variety of information.
I4PH website provides more general vaccine information, including articles about specific immunization topics as well as vaccine preventable diseases.
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.”
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