Vaccine Education Center

Professional and Parent Groups

The Vaccine Education Center is a member of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Vaccine Safety Net because our website meets the criteria for credibility and content as defined by the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety. Learn more about WHO's Vaccine Safety Net»

Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Organization is a nonprofit public organization. The Institute is dedicated to continuing the work of Dr. Albert Sabin who envisioned the enormous potential of vaccines to prevent deadly diseases. The Sabin Vaccine Institute promotes rapid scientific advances in vaccine development, delivery and distribution worldwide via vaccine research and development, academic support and public awareness.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of pediatricians interested in promoting the health and well-being of children. In addition to their interest in all aspects of healthcare for children, the AAP has information about vaccines on its website.

American Medical Association (AMA) is an organization of physicians interested in promoting the health and well-being of adults and adolescents.

Autism Science Foundation supports autism research and provides information about autism to the general public. ASF serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. Its Web site also provides information about autism and vaccines. ASF has a YouTube channel that features interviews with top autism researchers, ASF grantees, autism book authors, and others.

California Immunization Coalition has a national campaign called "Why I Choose" that provides vaccine safety information, a parent blog and personal stories about people affected by vaccine-preventable diseases.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) - The CDC answers the questions parents and healthcare professionals have about vaccines. Information can be obtained by calling 800-232-4636 (English or Spanish) or by visiting

The Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research at Texas Children's Hospital offers information about vaccines for different age groups as well as personal stories of families affected by vaccine-preventable diseases.

Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) consists of more than 30 of the nation's leading public health, medical, patient and parent groups committed to protecting children's health and encouraging wellness. The coalition strives to protect infants, children and adolescents from influenza by communicating with "one strong voice" the need to make influenza immunization a national health priority.

Every Child by Two (ECBT) was established by the Carter-Bumpers Campaign and works to increase awareness of the need for immunizations by 2 years of age. ECBT launched Vaccinate Your Baby, an awareness campaign, to provide news and information for parents about immunization.

Faces of Influenza is a national campaign of the American Lung Association that is dedicated to influenza prevention and awareness.

Families Fighting Flu is a group of families who have experienced first-hand what it is like to lose a child to the flu or to have a child experience severe medical complications from the flu.

Florida Bureau of Immunizations created the video "Immunization: A Dose of Reality" which features families that were personally affected by vaccine-preventable diseases as well as experts discussing recent disease outbreaks, vaccine needs of babies and teens, vaccine safety concerns and vaccine science.

Healing Thresholds was created to connect parents to scientific and health information about autism as quickly and efficiently as possible. is a Web site supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides information about various health topics from reliable resources, including immunization-related information.

History of Vaccines is a project of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia designed to provide a compelling history of vaccination and to promote public understanding of how vaccines have helped to improve human health.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is a nonprofit organization that works to boost immunization rates and prevent disease. The IAC provides excellent and timely information, practical tips about vaccine use, and translations of vaccine information in several languages.

Institute for Vaccine Safety is based at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and provides excellent, thorough and up-to-date information on vaccine safety.

K12 Academics is a national education & disability resource website with a community based approach. The site has an informative page about autism.

The Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center helps ensure that the nation's vaccines are safe and effective by conducting research to advance scientific understanding of vaccines at all levels of development.

Meningitis Angels is a nonprofit organization that provides information about meningitis.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has a Web site about adult vaccinations.

National Meningitis Association, Inc. (NMA) is a non-profit public charity that provides information about meningococcal meningitis and prevention approaches. NMA supports research and development of improved meningitis vaccines and treatments, and also supports families and survivors of meningococcal meningitis and meningococcemia.

National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) an affiliation of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the University of Texas Medical Branch, the Society for Adolescent Medicine and the American Medical Association. Its website provides excellent, up-to-date information about vaccines.

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDS) offers parents information about infectious diseases and provides support services for parents of children with long-term infections (such as hepatitis B virus).

PATH's Vaccine Resource Library offers scientifically accurate documents and links about immunization-related topics.

Vaccines for Africa provides up-to-date, evidence-based information about vaccines and immunization practices relevant in Africa. The site is administered by the University of Cape Town.

Vaccine Information is the Immunization Action Coalition's new website for the general public and healthcare professionals. It features reliable information about vaccine preventable diseases and helpful resources such as disease photos, videos and related Web sites.

Voices for Vaccines is a not-for-profit public organization that provides science-based, accessible information about the benefits and risks of vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.

Reviewed by: Paul A. Offit, MD
Date: April 2013

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.


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