This section on vaccines has two sorts of information for you:
- Standard vaccine schedules and information on individual vaccines, mostly from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other reliable sources that we trust.
- Information for vaccine skeptics
For you skeptics, we would like you to understand our dilemma. As professionals, we are absolutely convinced of the value of vaccines, and we believe that most of the doubts about side effects have no validity. All of our clinicians are unanimous in this opinion. Our older, more experienced pediatricians know from personal experience how much healthier our children are, now that they can be protected from serious diseases that we have seen our own patients experience in decades past. All of our clinicians have given all the recommended vaccines to their own children, without exception. But at the same time, we see the same anti-vaccine publicity that you do, and we can understand how you can be worried and confused.
Our advice is contained in the links we have here for you. If you are skeptical, or would like more information, please read these items, and then talk to us at your visits.
General Vaccine Information and Resources:
CDC – Immunizations Website – Information for Healthcare Professionals and Patients
This is the CDC’s main web page for vaccine information, for both healthcare professionals and patients, with links and current information related to all aspects of immunizations.
CDC – Immunizations – Information for Parents
This is the CDC’s web page for vaccine information for parents, a useful resource for all types of information about childhood vaccines
CDC Parents Guide to Immunizations
This is a 68-page booklet from the CDC on immunizations for children. It can be ordered or printed directly from this website.
American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Website
This is the AAP’s comprehensive vaccine resource website, for parents and healthcare professionals.
American Academy of Pediatrics – Immunization Information for Families
This is the AAP’s vaccine resource page for parents, including information on the safety and importance of vaccines, as well as misconceptions, FAQs, and a wealth of other information.
This is the CDC webpage on vaccine schedules, a useful resource for parents and clinicians.
Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
These are the patient handouts developed by the CDC which explain each of the vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a respected source of information on vaccines, and has developed this comprehensive vaccine resource website.
Immunization Action Coalition: Vaccine Information for Heathcare Professionals
This is a comprehensive vaccine information site, designed for healthcare professionals but useful also for patients and parents.
Vaccinate Your Baby
A campaign launched by “Every Child by Two”, an organization devoted to raising awareness of the critical need for timely immunizations.
Information for skeptical parents:
Cashing in On Fear: The Danger of Dr. Sears
This is a more thorough and detailed critique of Dr. Sears’ approach.
Vaccines and Autism: A Tale of Shifting Hypotheses
This 2008 article by Gerber and Offit addresses parental concerns about vaccines, examining and discussing hypotheses about MMR vaccine, thimerosal, and multiple-vaccine administration.
Facts for Parents about Vaccine Safety
This letter from the AAP addresses vaccine safety, autism, and other concerns.
Mercury, Thimerosal and Vaccines
This is the CDCs statement and information page, explaining the safety of vaccines and addressing these concerns.
Flu Vaccine Myths and Realities
Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Anne Schuchat dispels myths about the H1N1 flu virus