Need to do your research and get educated about vaccines?
There are plenty of great vaccine books to turn to.
Best Vaccine Websites
Rather use the Internet?
Caveant lector et viewor — Let the reader and viewer beware.
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Unfortunately, you can’t just trust any website that pops up at the top of your search results on Google, Bing, or Yahoo or that is shared by a friend on Facebook. Some of these sites might push misinformation about vaccines and be filled with anti-vaccine talking points.
Whether you are on the fence or just have a few questions, instead of feeling lucky that Google will lead you to trusted information, start your research about vaccines on the following websites. They are the most reliable and trusted sources of immunization information you will find.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Every Child By Two
- Families Fighting Flu
- Gavi The Vaccine Alliance
- Harpocrates Speaks
- History of Vaccines
- Immunise Australia
- Immunisation Scotland
- Immunization Action Coalition
- The Immunization Advisory Centre
- Immunize Canada
- Immunize for Good
- Institute for Vaccine Safety
- I Speak of Dreams
- Just the Vax
- Left Brain Right Brain
- Measles & Rubella Initiative
- Moms Who Vax
- National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
- National Meningitis Association
- Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters
- Nurses Who Vaccinate
- Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases
- The Poxes Blog
- Pro-Vaccine Parenting Group (Facebook)
- Shot of Prevention
- Skeptical Raptor
- TIP Talk
- Vaccinate Your Family
- the Vaccine Blog
- Vaccine Education Center
- the Vaccine Mom
- the Vaccine Page (Facebook)
- Vaccines on the Fence (Facebook Group)
- Vaccines Work
- Voices for Vaccines
Other websites that are also reliable sources of immunization information, but don’t focus on vaccines include:
- A Photon in the Darkness (archived)
- Autism Science Foundation – Autism and Vaccines
- Bad Science on vaccines
- Brian Deer on Andrew Wakefield
- Debunking Denialism
- Emily Willingham
- Dr. Jen Gunter
- The Logic of Science
- Losing in the Lucky Country
- The Pediatric Insider
- PedsGeek MD
- PLOS Blogs
- Rational Catholic
- Reasonable Hank
- Red Wine & apple sauce
- Respectful Insolence
- Seattle Mama Doc
- Science Based Medicine
- The Skeptical OB
- Skeptic North
- Skewed Distribution
- Steven Novella
- Stories from the Trauma Bay
- Tara C. Smith
- Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism on Busting Anti-Vaccine Myths While Supporting Autistic People
- Victorian Skeptics
- Violent Metaphors
Get all of your questions answered yet?
Your pediatrician should also be a good resource for questions about vaccines.
Evaluating Vaccine Websites
Be skeptical if looking elsewhere.
Some general questions experts recommend asking, and which will certainly help when visiting a website about vaccines, include:
- Who runs the Web site?
- Who pays for the Web site?
- What is the Web site’s purpose?
- What is the original source of the Web site’s information?
- How does the Web site document the evidence supporting its information?
- Who reviewed the information before the owner posted it on the Web site?
- How current is the information on the Web site?
- How does the Web site owner choose links to other sites?
Fortunately, anti-vaccine websites are fairly easy to spot.
Tragically, their pseudo-scientific arguments can sometimes be persuasive, especially if you don’t understand that they are mostly the same old arguments that the anti-vaccine movement has been using for over 200 years to scare parents away from vaccinating and protecting their kids.
What to Know About the Best Vaccine Websites
With current information, a clear purpose (informing users, not selling supplements in an online store), and authors who are well-respected, our collection of the best vaccine websites can help you get educated about vaccines from a trusted source.
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