How to Do Research About Vaccines on the Internet

Vaccine Basics

Vaccine books to help you do your vaccine research.
Reading some of these books will help you to get educated about vaccines, make the right choice for your children, and get them protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Folks who are vaccine-hesitant, pro-vaccine choice, anti-vaccine, or whatever they like to call themselves often say that they have done their research. More often than not though, they have done it all on anti-vaccine websites.

If you really want to do your research and make the best decision for your family, in addition to spending that time on anti-vax sites, you should also talk to your pediatrician and:

To learn more about vaccines, I also highly recommend that you:

  1. Read the book Deadly Choices: How The Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All by Paul Offit, MD
  2. Read the books Your Baby's Best Shot and Do Vaccines Cause That?!
  3. Read the book The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear by Seth Mnookin
  4. Ask the 10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science
  1. Read the article Cashing In On Fear: The Danger of Dr. Sears
  2. Review why vaccines really aren't linked to autism
  3. Learn about some of the myths - and facts - about vaccination
  4. Review these top 20 Questions about Vaccination
  5. Understand Why my child is fully vaccinated
  6. Learn Five things you never knew about child immunisation
  7. See how Dear parents, you are being lied to
  8. Wonder why Parents Fake Religion to Avoid Vaccines
  9. Learn why the Too Many Too Soon Anti-Vaccine Argument doesn't Hold Water.
  10. Understand how to Evaluate Reliable Vaccine Resources
  11. Question When Did “Attachment Parenting” Come to Mean Vaccine Refusal?
  12. Understand the Tactics and Tropes of the Antivaccine Movement
  13. Learn What Happens When We Don't Vaccinate?
  14. Read Leaving the Anti-Vaccine Movement
  15. Don't Follow the Herd
  16. Read Nine Questions. Nine Answers.
  17. Review these Six myths about vaccination – and why they’re wrong
  18. Understand the numbers in vaccine reactions
  19. Learn why Vaccine Injury Stories may be the Sacred Cows of the Internet

And spend some time on websites that offer sound advice about vaccines:

If you still have questions or concerns, your pediatrician is a great resource to help you sort through the myths and misconceptions that still surround vaccines and vaccine safety.

Get Educated. Get Vaccinated. Stop the Outbreaks.

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