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Immunization

Professional Resource Brief

Web Sites

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP): Immunization Resources
Resources on immunization, including general recommendations, policy statements, schedules, influenza vaccine updates and other information.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Childhood Immunization Support Program
Information for parents and clinicians, including immunization schedules, recommendations, supply updates, audio and video files, and photos of children illustrating vaccine-preventable diseases.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: WebTreats: Vaccines
Web sites and electronic publications that provide information on child and adult vaccinations and immunizations, including materials in non-English languages. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Vaccines and Immunization
Information for health professionals and consumers on vaccine safety; vaccine shortages; immunization statistics; recommended immunizations and schedules; and immunizations for specific populations, including children and adults of varying ages, travelers, and ethnic groups.CDC’s Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) provide information on the benefits and risks of the most common vaccines, including HPV.  These statements are available in many languages. A page on vaccine safety addresses common concerns such as autism, sudden infant death syndrome, fainting, and thimerosal.

Every Child by Two
Information for parents, advocates, and health professionals, including public service announcement videos, a blog for parents, information about registries and vaccine safety, state and local resources where immunizations can be obtained, and many other resources.

Food and Drug Administration: Vaccines
Information about vaccine regulation, including how vaccines work, types of vaccines, vaccine safety and availability, and the vaccine adverse events reporting system.

Healthfinder.gov: Immunizations
Index of Web pages related to immunizations from government agencies and professional organizations.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Vaccination information for healthcare professionals collected from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and other authoritative sources, Includes news updates, resources related to vaccines and pregnancy, policy statements, materials in other languages, and other materials. 

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public: Institute for Vaccine Safety
Independent assessments 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.  Information on specific vaccines, legislation, manufacturer links and package inserts.

MedlinePlus: Immunization
Information for consumers including overviews, news, research tools, reference material, clinical trials, and links to additional information sources. A resource focusing on childhood immunization is also available.

National Network for Immunization Information (NNii)
Information for healthcare professionals, the media, policy makers, and the public on vaccines, immunization issues, and immunization science.  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.

Vaccines.gov
Provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines and immunizations across the lifespan, including for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.

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Authors: Beth DeFrancis Sun, M.L.S.; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library
November 2009. Updated July 2012

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.