Immunization is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your community from infectious diseases. IDSA focuses on immunization of children, adolescents, and adults, including health care workers.
CDC: Vaccination Resources for ParentsExternal Link
The CDC provides resources for parents on vaccinations.
AAP Immunization WebsiteExternal Link
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides education and resources on childhood immunization and related issues.
Vaccinate Your BabyExternal Link
A project of Every Child By Two, this site features news and information for parents on how best to protect their children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
CDC: Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with ParentsExternal Link
CDC, AAP, and AAFP created materials for providers to assess parents' needs, identify the role they want to play in making decisions for their child's health, and communicate in ways that meet their needs.
Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP)External Link
The ACIP advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on immunization and vaccines. The site includes general recommendations on immunization.
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)External Link
This U.S. government site explains what the VICP is, how it was created, and how to file a claim.
Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)External Link
VAERS is a national vaccine safety surveillance program of the U.S. government. VAERS collects information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of vaccines. The site explains how to report an adverse event.
National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC)External Link
A U.S. federal advisory body, NVAC recommends ways to achieve optimal prevention of human infectious diseases through vaccine development, and provides direction to prevent adverse reactions to vaccines.
National Vaccine PlanExternal Link
The National Vaccine Plan is the U.S. government's roadmap for a 21st century vaccine and immunization enterprise. It includes strategies for advancing vaccine research and development, financing, supply, distribution, safety, global cooperation, and informed decision-making among consumers and health care providers.
Rockland measles: Answers to frequently asked questions about historic outbreak External Link
An historic measles outbreak occurred in Rockland County, NY. IDSA member, Matt Zahn, MD, FIDSA uses his expertise and his experience with the 2015 Disneyland outbreak to answer questions and correct misperceptions about vaccine safety and effectiveness.
Vaccines Prevent Disease and Death – Why Are Some US Children Not Vaccinated? External Link
IDSA Member Kathryn Edwards, MD, FIDSA discusses findings from a CDC report on childhood vaccination rates and what measures should be taken to improve these rates.
Could the Deadly 1918 Flu Pandemic Happen Again?External Link
Another global flu crisis is 100 percent certain to happen again, according to IDSA member Greg Poland, MD, FIDSA. It’s only a question of how severe it will be.
Make Adult Vaccinations as Widespread as Those for Children, Say Immunization AdvocatesExternal Link
William Schaffner, MD, chair of IDSA’s Immunization Work Group tells Medscape that the U.S. needs a national strategy to immunize adults against infectious diseases that would achieve the same success found in childhood immunization efforts.