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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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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! CDC Statistics Demonstrate Dramatic Declines in VPDs
 
What If You Don't Immunize Your Child?
What if you don't vaccinate your child?
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Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
IAC experts answer challenging questions about vaccines
IAC's collection of vaccine information statements
Vaccine Information Statements
VISs are information sheets produced by CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to vaccine recipients
IAC's collection of unprotected people stories
Unprotected People Stories
Real-life accounts of suffering and loss
Click this arrow to view the Trusted Sources of Vaccine Information websection on vaccineinformation.org
Vaccine Basics: Trusted Sources of Vaccine Information
The Vaccine Basics gateway page 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)
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Talking with Parents about Vaccines for Infants
Strategies for healthcare professionals
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
NIH's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Vaccinations/Immunization for Children
Vaccinations/Immunizations for Children
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the NIH, is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine
Vaxopedia
Chiropractors on Vaccines
Chiropractors on Vaccines
Vincent Iannelli, MD, states "…Most chiropractors list the same 9 to 11 anti-vaccine myths on their websites…"
Homeopathic Vaccines
Homeopathic Vaccines
Dr. Iannelli writes "…Homeopathic vaccines will not prevent any vaccine-preventable disease…"
Natural Immunity
Natural Immunity
Vincent Iannelli, MD, states "…you have to earn your natural immunity by surviving the disease and hoping that you don't have any of these serious complications…"
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) For Vaccines
Naturopathic Doctors Who Recommend Vaccines
Naturopathic Doctors Who Recommend Vaccines
Naturopathic doctors discussing health, medicine, and vaccines
GLT
GRT
 
TALKING ABOUT VACCINES
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MMR Vaccine
 
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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.
 
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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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      MORE INFORMATION: ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Chiropractors and Vaccination: A Historical Perspective
Review of how chiropractic philosophy came to reject the germ theory of infectious disease and vaccination, despite mountains of scientific evidence
Chiropractors and Immunization
Quackwatch article provides background information about the position on immunization of chiropractic societies and chiropractors, includes 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: Information on Homeopathic Products
The Government of Canada requires product labeling to make clear that nosodes are not vaccines nor alternatives to vaccines
"‘Nosodes' are no substitute for vaccines," Paediatrics & Child Health 2015;20(May):219–20.
Position statement from the Canadian Paediatric Society
vaccineinformation.org
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GLT
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Vaccine Questions?
• Email: nipinfo@cdc.gov
• Contact: State Immunization Program Managers
 
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This page was updated on February 8, 2021.
This page was reviewed on February 8, 2021.
 
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