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Immunizations and Vaccines

Annotated Lists of Organizations on Key Topics in Maternal and Child Health

This list of 26 organizations is drawn from the MCH Organizations online database. Contact information is the most recent known to the MCH Digital Library. To identify additional materials on this topic, search the Organizations database using our online search form.

The MCH Organizations Database lists government, professional, and voluntary organizations involved in maternal and child health activities, primarily at a national level. Information available to consumers is indicated where known.

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American Academy of Pediatrics, Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP)

Annotation: The Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP) Web site was created by the American Academy of Pediatrics to provide immunization information for parents and health professionals. The site provides news updates, downloadable publications, the most recent immunization schedules, and links to related programs and organizations.

Keywords: Immunization, Children

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Annotation: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) provides educational materials on pregnancy, birth, contraception, reproductive health, and women's issues such as violence against women, smoking cessation, and underserved women. Members and invited experts serve on various ACOG committees focusing on adolescent health care, gynecologic practice, obstetrics, American Indian affairs, and other topics. Statistics from a variety of resources are posted on the Web site, along with guides to selected internet resources on topics such as vaccines, cultural competency, adolescent/pediatric health, pregnancy, sexuality, and smoking cessation. Services to consumers include inquiry responses and publications. A resource catalog is also available. Some materials are available in Spanish.

Keywords: Prenatal care, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Childbirth, Contraception, Domestic violence, Gynecology, Legislation, Obstetrics, Pregnancy, Professional education, Professional ethics, Professional societies, Publications, Reproductive health, Women's health

American Medical Association (AMA)

Annotation: The American Medical Association (AMA), a federation of 54 state or comparable medical associations, works to promote the art and science of medicine and the improvement of public health. The association brings together 82 national societies representing a variety of medical specialties. Publications include the Journal of the American Medical Association. A list of publications and audiovisual materials is available. The AMA also sponsors conferences.

Keywords: Public health, AMA, Advocacy, Conferences, Health promotion, Physicians, Policy analysis, Policy development, Professional education, Professional ethics, Professional societies, Publications, Training

American Nurses Association (ANA)

Annotation: The American Nurses Association (ANA) represents the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent associations. It fosters high standards of nursing practice, promotes the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace through a comprehensive workplace advocacy program, projects a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbies Congress and regulatory agencies on issues affecting nurses and the public. The association promotes women's health research issues and investigates such issues as domestic violence, maternal and child health, immunization, reproductive health, and women and aging. Services to consumers include referrals, publications, and reference information (reports, policy statements, and resources are available on the Web site). ANA publishes a catalog, newsletter, and journal.

Keywords: Nurses, Adolescent health, Advocacy, Child health, Immunization, Infant health, Legislation, Nursing services, Nursing societies, Professional societies, Public awareness campaigns, Publications, Women's health, Workplace

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA)

Annotation: The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities, with a focus on sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Through education, research, and public policy the association produces multifaceted programs addressing the most prevalent STDs. ASHA produces a variety of books, pamphlets, information packets, and other educational materials for patients, health providers, parents, teachers, and organizations.

Keywords: Sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, Herpes genitalis, Hotlines, Human papillomavirus, Immunization, Prevention programs, Public health, Public policy, Sexual health

Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)

Annotation: The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR), formerly known as the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM), advances population-based and public health education, research, and service by linking and supporting members of the academic prevention community. APTR develops curriculum, professional development, and communication tools for educators, researchers, residents, and students. APTR is the convener of the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force to increase the teaching of health promotion and disease prevention in health professional education. In October 2006, the APTR launched the Prevention Education Resource Center (PERC) at -- a web-based repository of educational materials that can be used to teach prevention and population health-related topics. The PERC Web site promotes collaboration across health care disciplines, professions, and institutions by facilitating the exchange of teaching resources and connecting educators. The association publishes the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Keywords: Associations, Preventive health services, Professional education

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Vaccine Education Center

Annotation: The Vaccine Education Center provides comprehensive information about childhood vaccines, and the diseases they prevent, to parents and healthcare professionals. Through its Web site, videos, informational tear sheets, and speakers programs, The center seeks to dispel some of the common misconceptions and misinformation surrounding childhood vaccines. The goal is to communicate the facts about each vaccine as well as how vaccines are made, how and why vaccines work, who recommends them, whether they are safe, whether they are still necessary, and when they should be given. VEC publishes a monthly vaccine e-newsletter for parents called Parents PACK.

Keywords: Disease prevention, Vaccines, Child health, Diseases, Pediatric hospitals

Every Child by Two (ECBT)

Annotation: Every Child By Two was founded by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers to promote early immunization of children. It works to find a permanent solution to the nation's immunization problems, to overcome barriers to immunization reception and delivery, and to mobilize state leadership and volunteers to inform parents about the need to immunize. The organization provides technical assistance and resources to assist immunization efforts and partners around the country.

Keywords: Child health, Immunization, Infant health, Volunteers

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

Annotation: The Immunization Action Coalition 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. The Coalition publishes periodicals for health professionals (Needle Tips, Vaccinate Adults, and Vaccinate Women), and distributes two electronic newsletters (IAC Express provides weekly information about all vaccines and HEP Express is devoted to hepatitis issues). The coalition also develops print materials about immunization for providers and patients and offers these materials free-of-charge (many in multiple languages). The Coalition develops print materials about immunization for providers and patients and offers these materials free-of-charge, some in up to 33 languages. IAC has four websites. The site for health professionals,, is a source of practical immunization information featuring a collection of vaccine-preventable disease photos and videos. The website for the public,, presents straightforward information about vaccine-preventable diseases and their vaccines. The hepatitis prevention programs website,, serves as a national database for model viral hepatitis prevention programs that address the needs of adult and adolescent populations at risk. The fourth website,, provides access to an interactive database of local, state, regional, national, and international immunization coalitions.

Keywords: Hepatitis B, Immunization, Non English language materials, Spanish language materials

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Annotation: The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University conducts international research, programs in education, and public policy initiatives in an ongoing effort to keep global populations safe from injury and illness. The school's Hopkins Population Center conducts interdisciplinary research on populations within the U.S. and abroad; brings together biodefense and public health preparedness research and training initiaitves; and monitors and predicts illness, including the progression of HIV to AIDS. The school's Institute for Vaccine Safety provides an independent assessment of vaccines and vaccine safety to help guide decision makers and educate physicians, the public, and the media about key issues surrounding the safety of vaccines. Demographic data as well as news items concerning the health and safety of America's populations (e.g., safety-seat legislation, weather emergency preparedness, and data-monitoring developments ) are posted on the Web site.

Keywords: , Immunization, AIDS, Health promotion, Injury prevention, International health, Preventive health services, Research

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)

Annotation: The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) works to improve the quality of healthcare for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Focus areas include child care, breastfeeding education, child maltreatment and neglect, early childhood mental health, global health care, immunization, and school-based health services. NAPNAP sponsors conferences and collaborates with a number of nurse practitioner and child health organizations. Publications include a newsletter and a journal.

Keywords: Child health, Child care, Immunization, Nursing societies, Pediatric nursing, Professional societies

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Annotation: Established in 1973, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that supports research and educational efforts to prevent infectious diseases. Provides information on Meningitis, Pertussis, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Influenza, Pneumococcal, and other infectious diseases; downloadable fact sheets on immunization and vaccinations for infants children, adolescents, and adults; online access to NFID publications including a newsletter and journal; and links to other resources. Some materials are available in Spanish. The foundation also sponsors conferences, workshops, and training seminars.

Keywords: AIDS, Communicable diseases, Hepatitis, Immunization, Infections

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB)

Annotation: The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) improves the health and safety of mothers, infants, and families through education and collaborative partnerships of public and private organizations. Enhanced by a network of state and local coalitions, HMHB creates partnerships among community groups, nonprofit organizations, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies. Products include a weekly newsletter; educational materials on family planning, pregnancy, and parenting; Q &A articles with various authorities on health; and a maternal and child health webinar series. HMHB also sponsors the national public awareness campaigns Healthy Beginnings for Babies and text4baby -- free weekly messages delivered by mobile device in English or Spanish to help pregnant women and new parents through pregnancy and their baby's first year.

Keywords: Infant health, Advocacy, Child health, Health education, Maternal health, Pregnant women, Prenatal care, Spanish language materials

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Annotation: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports research on allergic, immunologic, and infectious diseases and conditions, including those caused by possible agents of bioterrorism. Institute staff responds to inquiries from consumers and professionals and distributes information materials. Some materials are available in Spanish.

Keywords: AIDS, Allergies, Asthma, Communicable diseases, HIV, Immunology, Information dissemination, Medical research, Sexually transmitted diseases

National Network for Immunization Information (NNii )

Annotation: The National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) provides up-to-date information for healthcare professionals, the media, policy makers, and the public on vaccines, immunization issues, and immunization science. The NNii Web site provides newsbriefs, detailed information on vaccines and the diseases they prevent (in both English and Spanish), coverage of recent issues, immunization schedules, and links to studies, public policy, and research findings. The NNii Resource Kit for Healthcare Professionals, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Web site, provides information on everything from immunization recommendations to common questions and concerns, and includes site-specific information, CDC statements, immunization schedules and contraindications. NNii is an affiliate of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and other health organizations.

Keywords: immunization, Disease prevention, Vaccines

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)

Annotation: The National Vaccine Information Center advocates for the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education, sponsors conferences, provides information on the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and makes legal referrals. Publications include a newsletter.

Keywords: Children with special health care needs, Immunization, Vaccines

National Vaccine Program Office

Annotation: The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) NVPO is responsible for coordinating and ensuring collaboration among the many federal agencies involved in vaccine and immunization activities. NVPO collaborates with these agencies to carry out the goals of the National Vaccine Plan (NVP), which provides a framework, including goals, objectives, and strategies, for pursuing the prevention of infectious diseases through immunizations. Additionally, NVPO staffs the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), which was established to comply with Section 2105 of the Public Health Service Act. Its purpose is to advise and make recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for Health who serves as the Director of the National Vaccine Program on matters related to program responsibilities. NVPO also staffs the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB). The Advisory Council provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary regarding programs and policies intended to support and evaluate the implementation of Executive Order 13676, including the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDS Online )

Annotation: Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDS Online) works 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. PKIDS Online provides information for families, guidelines on protection against infection, tools and resources related to immunization and vaccination, and links to forums, listservs, live chats, newsfeeds, podcasts, and PKIDS' own blog.

Keywords: Immunization, Vaccines

Partnership for Prevention (PFP)

Annotation: Partnership for Prevention is a nonprofit voluntary organization that works to educate policymakers, health care providers, and the public on many critical disease prevention and health promotion issues. Topics include alcohol abuse and misuse; clinical preventive services; community preventive services; immunization policy; obesity, activity and nutrition; tobacco use; and worksite health. Publications include a newsletter, and the organization sponsors conferences.

Keywords: Immunization, Vaccines

PATH Vaccine Resource Library

Annotation: The PATH Vaccine Resource Library provides resources on immunization and vaccines, including materials for parents and adolescents, tools to assist in advocating for stronger immunization programs, training and clinical materials, publications focusing on service delivery issues, information on injection safety and immunization financing, and links to related organizations. Materials are available in some non-English languages, including Spanish and French.

Keywords: Immunization, Spanish language materials, Foreign language materials, International health, Vaccines

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Annotation: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a consortia structure based on the agency's four key lines of business including (1) Medicare health plans operations, (2) financial management and fee for service operations, (3) Medicaid and children's health operations; and (4) quality improvement and survey and certification operations. Ten regional offices represent the agency in delivering key messages; putting into practice regulations, policy, and program guidance; and monitoring programs and evaluation of contractors/grantees. The website provides information on Medicare; Medicaid; the Children's Health Insurance Program; regulations and guidance; research, statistics, data, and systems; outreach and education; and tools. CMS was previously called the Health Care Financing Administration.

Keywords: Health care financing, Conferences, Data analysis, Diagnosis related groups, EPSDT, Federal agencies, Health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, Program evaluation, Publications, Quality assurance, Spanish language materials, State agencies, State children's health insurance program, State programs, Statistics, Training, immunization

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Annotation: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency that works to protect, promote and enhance the health of the American people. FDA is responsible for ensuring that: (1) foods are safe, wholesome and sanitary; human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; cosmetics are safe; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe; (2) regulated products are honestly, accurately and informatively represented; and (3) these products are in compliance with the law and FDA regulations; noncompliance is identified and corrected; and any unsafe or unlawful products are removed from the marketplace.

Keywords: Health promotion, Drug education, Drugs, Federal programs, Food safety, Regulations, Spanish language materials

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER )

Annotation: The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates vaccine products. The Web site provides news updates on "hot topics," online access to publications such as A Parent's Guide to Kids' Vaccines, All about Vaccines, and Keeping Up with Vaccines; proceedings from CBER meetings and workshops; information on the use of preservatives in in vaccines, and links to additional information and resources covering vaccine safety, counterterrism, and pandemic influenza. Consumer information on vaccines, blood and biologics is located at

Keywords: Drug education, Health promotion, Immunization Federal programs, Vaccines

UNICEF, the United Nation's Children's Fund

Annotation: UNICEF, the United Nation's Children's Fund, works with others around the globe to overcome the obstacles caused by poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination. UNICEF promotes immunization, works to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids among young people, promotes girls' education and gender equality, and advocates for children. Information by country, contained on the Web site, includes basic health indicators such as mortality and life expectancy; efforts in advocacy, education, and fundraising; and guidelines for becoming involved. UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre helps to identify and research areas that are vital to the current and future work of the organization. A publications catalog is available online. Interested individuals are invited to subscribe to receive electronic news alerts.

Keywords: Immunization, AIDS, Adolescents, Child advocacy, Child health, Developing countries, Fundraising, Gender discrimination, Health promotion, International health, Mortality, Preventive health services

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

Annotation: The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national program that monitors the safety of vaccines after they are licensed. VAERS is managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The VAERS Web site provides a mechanism for reporting and analyzing data, and also provides access to downloadable immunization schedules and links to additional information sources. Information is available in Spanish.

Keywords: Immunization, Data collection, Surveillance, Vaccines

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.