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Children in Washington State who received care from complementary health practitioners were substantially less likely to get recommended immunizations and were more likely to be diagnosed with a vaccine-preventable disease, according to a study published in Maternal and Child Health Journal. Learn more.
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Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
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Decision To Not Vaccinate My Child
Decision to not vaccinate my child
Personal Belief Exemptions for Vaccination Put People At Risk - Examine the evidence for yourself
Personal belief exemptions for vaccination put people at risk - examine the evidence for yourself
Vaccines Work!
Vaccines work!
 
What If You Don't Immunize Your Child?
What if you don't vaccinate your child?
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CDC's experts answer challenging questions about vaccines
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VISs explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine
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Unprotected People Reports
Real-life accounts of suffering and loss
IAC's website for the public - vaccineinformation.org
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Vaccine Basics: Trusted Sources of Vaccine Information
The Vaccine Basics web section on vaccineinformation.org provides information about importance of vaccines and answers many common questions about vaccines and getting vaccinated
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC: Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
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Talking with Parents about Vaccines for Infants
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American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Primer
This primer provides the background and tips you’ll need to have a productive conversation about it
National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institue of Health (NIH)
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Vaccinations/Immunizations for Children
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is part of the NIH, and its mission is to support rigorous research on complementary and alternative medicine and to disseminate information to the public and professionals about which modalities work, which do not, and why
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Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine
Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine
Book by Dr. Paul Offit
A scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly.
 
      VIDEOS
Video: Addressing Vaccine Hesitant Parents
Addressing Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
This set of role-playing videos, available for viewing either as one video or a series of clips, include an introduction and commentary by infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Sawyer.
Video: Shot of Confusion
Shot of Confusion
In this CBC "Marketplace" special report, two moms go undercover with hidden cameras visiting five homeopaths in Toronto and Vancouver. They are told vaccines cause autism and that vaccine-preventable diseases are unusual and harmless. The moms are encouraged not to vaccinate their infants. (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.)
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Videos & PSAs
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      MORE INFORMATION: ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Chiropractors and Immunization
Article provides background information about the position on immunization of chiropractic societies and chiropractors, includes up-to-date references
National Council Against Health Fraud: Position Papers on Chiropractic Medicine and Homeopathy
Health agency focused on health fraud, misinformation, and quackery as public health problems
'Nosodes' (biological preparations used in homeopathy) are no substitute for vaccines
Position statement from the Canadian Paediatric Society
vaccineinformation.org
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Vaccine Questions?
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This page was updated on January 22, 2017.
This page was reviewed on January 22, 2017.
 
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