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.
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is a committee of experts who review data and make recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the use of vaccines in the United States.
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 College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is an organization of obstetricians and gynecologists interested in promoting the health and well-being of women and their families. In addition to their interest in all aspects of healthcare for women, ACOG provides information about vaccines.
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 website 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.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) answers questions parents and healthcare professionals have about vaccines. Information can be obtained by calling 800-232-4636 (English or Spanish).
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.
CHIVA Africa is a group based in the U.K. that provides mentoring, support and practical training to South African medical professionals.
Defeatdd.org is a program of PATH, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving global health.
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. Every Child By Two’s Vaccinate Your Family website is aimed at educating the public about the critical importance of timely vaccination of people of all ages.
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.
Flu.gov is a website offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to influenza.
FluVaccineFinder allows people to locate vaccines based on city and state or zip code.
FluView is the CDC’s influenza surveillance website.
Gates Foundation is an organization dedicated to improving the health and lives of people throughout the world.
The George Washington University online MPH program has created resources related to vaccines: A History of Measles in the United States and Producing Prevention: The Complex Development of Vaccines for their Public Health Online blog.
Global Polio Eradication is devoted to eradicating polio throughout the world.
Gretchen LaSalle MD is a website by a family physician and author, who is “passionate about prevention, community health and education.”
Healthfinder.gov is a website 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.
Hepatitis B Foundation is an organization dedicated to research and education related to hepatitis B. The organization is dedicated to finding a cure.
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.
Immunization Scheduler Tool (CDC) is a web-based tool that allows parents to determine when their children six years or younger should get vaccines based on their birthdate.
Institute for Vaccine Safety is based at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and provides excellent, thorough and up-to-date information on vaccine safety.
International Ventilator Users Network is a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting those who rely on ventilators to survive as well as to support polio survivors.
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 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 www.cdc.gov/vaccines.
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has a website 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.
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.
Prevent HPV — Dedicated to providing complete, up-to-date and reliable information about HPV and the HPV vaccine
Safe Water Project — A project sponsored by PATH that researches ways that communities can have access to clean water.
Shot@life aimed to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life.
Silence the Sounds of Pertussis is a project of PKIDS that helps educate about pertussis.
Unity Consortium is a non-profit organization that unites public and private organizations to address the challenges surrounding adolescent and young adult healthcare with a focus on prevention and immunization. It provides useful resources for parents, teens and healthcare providers.
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 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 websites.
The Vaccine Mom is a blog by a mom who is also a scientist who studies immunology.
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.
Your Choice — A PKIDS program for teens to encourage them to take charge of their own health.
Vaccine Information Sheets (VIS) are offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and must be distributed to parents by law. You can get them by:
- Downloading from the CDC's website
- Contacting your state or local health department
- Downloading in one of more than 32 languages through the Immunization Action Coalition’s website
The CDC offers the Parent's Guide to Childhood Immunization booklet, which can be viewed and printed online. Limited quantities of the printed version can be obtained free of charge from the CDC’s website.
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.