Parents – Need Help Decoding Vaccines? We can help!
Voices for Vaccines has a great New Parent Guide to Immunizations. They recommend these credible sources for additional information:
Below are other sources and books we find particularly valuable, accurate, and accessible
to a general reader.
- Immunization Action Coalition
- Immunize for Good
- Vaccine Education Center
- Vaccinate Your Baby
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- The History of Vaccines
- Deadly Choices: How the AntiVaccine Movement Threatens Us All – Dr. Paul Offit
- Your Baby’s Best Shot: Why Vaccines Are Safe and Save Lives – Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood
- Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice For Your Baby’s First Year – Denise Fields and Dr. Ari Brown
- What to Expect Guide to Immunizations – Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
- Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns – Dr. Martin G. Myers and Diego Pineda
- The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear – Seth Mnookin
- Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure – Dr. Paul Offit
- Your Baby’s First Year – The American Academy of Pediatrics
- Taking Care of Your Child: A Parent’s Guide to Complete Medical Care – Robert Pantell, James Fries, Dr. Donald Vickery, Dr. James F. Fries, Dr. Donald M. Vickery, Dr. Robert H. Pantell
Find out which vaccines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends
If you still have questions, check out our suggested resources on the FAQ page, or use one of our trusted science-based resources below.
Vaccines for Children
If your child meets the following requirements, they may be eligible for the Vaccines for Children program, which is designed to provide free vaccines for qualifying children.
To qualify your child must be:
- Uninsured or Underinsured (underinsured means your child has health insurance but it either doesn’t cover any vaccines, doesn’t cover certain vaccines, or covers vaccines but has a fixed dollar limit and once that limit has been met then your child is eligible).
- Medicaid eligible (including BadgerCare)
- Native American or Alaskan Native
Parental quiz on childhood immunizations:
Visit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for more information on childhood vaccines. CHOP is an internationally accredited website that is verified to give you scientifically valid data on vaccines and their side effects.
Voices for Vaccines provides information on the different age groups that need vaccines as well as the vaccines themselves. You can click here:https://www.voicesforvaccines.org/vaccines/
For stories and narratives about people who have experienced vaccine preventable disease, parents can visit the unvaccined people guide at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. http://www.nfid.org/real-stories-real-people
Adults need vaccines too.
CDC recommends that all adults get the following vaccines:
- Influenza (flu) vaccine every year to protect against seasonal flu.
- Td vaccine every 10 years to protect against tetanus.
- Tdap vaccine once instead of Td vaccine to protect against tetanus and diphtheria plus pertussis (whooping cough) and during each pregnancy for women.
- Other vaccines you need as an adult are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, job, health condition, and vaccines you have had in the past. Vaccines you need may include those that protect against: shingles, human papillomavirus (which can cause certain cancers), pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease,hepatitis A and hepatitis B, chickenpox (varicella), measles, mumps, and rubella.
Adults can take a free immunization quiz here to see which vaccines they might need.
Paying for adult vaccines can be complicated especially if you are on Medicare or are uninsured. Some clinics and public health programs may have programs to assist you. We are working to build better capacity for a vaccine referral network. Contact us directly if you are having issues finding or paying for vaccines.