Reliable Sources of Immunization Information

Where to go to find answers to your questions


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Websites
Videos
Publications
Mobile Apps
Phone Numbers

Websites

  • Immunization Action Coalition
    Educational pieces for parents including many resources on vaccine safety concerns, personal testimonies, and immunization information by age groups. Attention: Non-MDH link

Videos

  • Parents Magazine videos
    Ari Brown, MD, FAAP, collaborated with Parents magazine to create these two parent education videos:
    • The Vaccine Schedule: answers the question “Should parents follow a strict vaccine schedule or is there room for flexibility?”
    • Vaccines for Babies and Older Kids: answers the question “Which vaccines do kids need and why are they necessary?”
      Attention: Non-MDH links
  • Vaccine-Preventable Disease – Family Stories
    This site contains short videos about families who were affected by vaccine-preventable diseases, produced by the non-profit organization Pkids. Attention: Non-MDH link

Publications

  • Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunizations
    A 64-page booklet from CDC's National Immunization Program about childhood diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. You can read the guide online, download a printer-friendly version, or order a printed booklet. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations
    An online immunization booklet for parents, available in English and Spanish from Seattle and King Co. Public Health, WA. Order online or by calling the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)
    These fact sheets, produced by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain the benefits and risks to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives. Federal law requires that VISs be handed out before certain vaccine doses are given. The VISs are also available from your health care provider. Also available in many foreign languages at Immunization Action Coalition Vaccine Information Statements. Attention: Non-MDH links
  • Vaccine Safety for Parents
    A flyer from CDC's National Immunization Program with easy-to-understand explanations of common vaccine safety concerns. Attention: Non-MDH link

Mobile Apps

  • Immunization Apps
    The Immunization Action Coalition has put together a list of mobile apps that offer immunization informaiton for health care providers and the public. Attention: Non-MDH link

Phone Numbers

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Immunization Information Hotline
    A toll-free number for questions about vaccine-preventable diseases and immunizations.
    • 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
      (Note: This line is for English and Spanish)
    • TTY: 1-800-232-6348
  • Minnesota Department of Health Immunization Program
    A toll-free number for health care professionals and consumers who have Minnesota-specific immunization questions.
    • 1-800-657-3970 or 651-201-5503
Adapted from the Immunization Action Coalition

Updated Friday, 11-Apr-2014 09:46:47 CDT