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Vaccine Safety - Advocacy

Learn more about the vaccine safety debate, including possible side effects, worry about thimerosal and possible links between vaccines and autism, and how to report vaccine side effects for the immunizations your child will get at his checkups.

Who is at Risk from the Unvaccinated
Learn how anti-vax folks put many unprotected children at risk when they don't vaccinate their own kids, including those too young to get vaccines and those with immune system problems.

The Panic Virus - The Panic Virus Book Review
In the wake of study after study that conclude that vaccines are safe and disprove the links between vaccines and autism, many parents continue to believe that it is safer to either not vaccinate their kids or follow a selective or alternative immunization schedule. Seth Mnookin's 'The Panic Virus' will help you understand why the anti-vaccine continues to influence so many parents.

Vaccine Misinformation
Many parents who don't vaccinate their children say that they are making an informed decision and did their research. Often that research is based on vaccine misinformation found on antivaccine websites though, and not on reliable information that includes the risks of not vaccinating a child.

Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns
Do Vaccines Cause That?! is essential reading for all pediatricians and any parents who are either not vaccinating their children or who are having second thoughts about the importance of vaccines and are overwhelmed by worries about vaccine side effects. Here, a full book review of "Do Vaccines Cause That?!"

Autism's False Prophets Book Review
Autism's False Prophets is a must read for any parent who has questioned the decision to vaccinate their child.

The Vaccine Debate
The 'vaccine debate' about whether vaccines are safe or could be causing autism has been in the news a lot lately. For most pediatricians, the vaccine debate doesn't revolve around trying to change the minds of anti-vaccine proponents. Instead, they work to help parents make an informed decision about vaccinating their children.

The Hepatitis B Vaccine for Newborns
Learn why getting the birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine is so important for newborns, even if your baby isn't at high risk for a hepatitis B infection.

The Problem With Dr Bob's Alternative Vaccine Schedule
Read about the problems with Dr. Bob's Alternative Vaccine Schedules from The Vaccine Book. This article also examines the reasons for the popularity of Sears' book, deconstructs the logic and rationale behind its recommendations, and describes how Sears' misrepresentation of vaccine science misinforms parents trying to make the right decisions for their children.

VAERS - The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
VAERS is a post-marketing safety surveillance program, collecting information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of US licensed vaccines.

Concerned About Vaccines?
Because anyone can put together a website, and because rumors and misinformation can travel so fast and so far on the information superhighway, it's important to use critical thinking skills when researching immunization information on the Internet. Here are some resources to help you sort fact from fiction.

Immunization Issues - Cause or Coincidence
When an adverse event occurs after vaccination, it needs to be determined whether the adverse event was caused by the vaccine or whether it was just coincidental in time with the administration of the vaccine—that is, it was going to happen anyway.

Vaccine Safety
The CDC's Immunization Safety Office identifies possible vaccine side effects and conducts studies to determine whether a health problem is caused by a specific vaccine.

Multiple Vaccinations and the Immune System
Read about how no evidence suggests that the recommended childhood vaccines can overload a child's immune system.

Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear Video
Parents often ask "Are vaccines safe?" and "Are vaccines still necessary?" This video was created to provide comprehensive and science-based answers to these and other questions.

What Would Happen If We Stopped Vaccinations?
In the U.S., vaccination programs have eliminated or significantly reduced many vaccine-preventable diseases. However, these diseases still exist and can once again become common—and deadly—if vaccination coverage does not continue at high levels.

The Top Ten Unfounded Health Scares of 2010
Learn why the worry about vaccines and autism became one of the top ten unfounded health scares of 2010.

Parents PACK
Parents PACK (Possessing, Accessing and Communicating Knowledge about vaccines) was established by the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to help provide parents with more information and answers to common questions about vaccines.

Vaccination and Autism Claims and Controversy
There are too many conspiracy theories about Big Pharma, too much misinformation about vaccines, and too many people that underestimate the dangers of vaccine preventable diseases for the vaccination and autism controversy to end easily.

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