Reliable Information About Immunization and Immunization Safety


To make the best choices about immunization, parents need to base their decisions on the best information available. The links below provide access to authoritative sources about immunization and related topics. If you have other sources that you believe should be on our list please email us.

Vaccine Education Center

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Vaccine Education Center provides complete and up-to-date information about vaccines to parents and health care professionals.

  • The Vaccine Education Center’s website includes:
  • FAQs about vaccines
  • Videos and booklets on vaccine safety
  • Information regarding preventable diseases and vaccines
  • Parents PACK, which offers a web site and monthly e-mail newsletter

Autism Science Foundation

The Autism Science Foundation’s mission is to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP is an organization of 60,000 primary care physicians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical sub-specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

The AAP web site includes information in English and Spanish. The website contains:
Immunization schedules
Audio clips of vaccine experts
FAQs on diseases and vaccines

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC is a government resource for information about for vaccine safety.

The CDC web site includes:

  • Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations
  • National Health Surveys
  • Vaccine Information Statements
  • Vaccine Safety Datalink
  • Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
  • Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment
  • Interactive schedulers

Immunization Action Coalition

The IAC 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. IAC’s web site includes:

  • Immunization handouts for patients and staff
  • Newsletters about vaccinating children and adults
  • Facts on diseases and vaccines
  • Vaccine Information Statements and translations
  • Ask the Experts Q&A’s
  • Immunization record cards

Every Child by Two

Every Child By Two, founded by Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers, is an organization devoted to raising awareness of the critical need for timely immunizations. ECBT’s Vaccinate Your Family  web site is a one-stop shop for families with questions about vaccines. Vaccinate Your Family web site includes:

  • Video FAQs from experts
  • Vaccine safety studies
  • Links to Facebook page and vaccine blog
  • Information on vaccine development and reasons for recommended schedules

Institute for Vaccine Safety

The Institute for Vaccine Safety provides an independent assessment of vaccines and vaccine safety. The Institute’s web site includes:

  • Independent evaluations of vaccine safety
  • Discussion of vaccine components
  • Vaccine exemption laws and links to state legislation
  • Vaccine schedules, recommendations, package inserts and manufacturers information.

National Network for Immunization Information

NNii is a service provided by Immunizations for Public Health, a Texas-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to making immunization information available to those who need it. NNii’s web site includes:

  • Factsheets on each vaccin
  • Web pages on safety issues and recommended schedules
  • Vaccines recommended for pregnant women
  • FAQs

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases

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. PKIDs’ web site includes:

  • How vaccines and the immune system work
  • What the world would look like without vaccines
  • Infectious Disease Workshop materials
  • Stories of children who have had vaccine preventable diseases
  • Q&As about vaccine safety