VACCINE SAFETY RESOURCES
The issue of vaccine safety is an important one. In the U.S., vaccines are carefully evaluated for safety and the process by which vaccines are developed, licensed, administered, and tracked is the responsibility of many different organizations and individuals in both the public and private sectors. Like any other medical intervention vaccines are not without risks. For the vaccines licensed and used regularly in the U.S., serious adverse reactions are rare but do occur. Unfortunately, there are many websites that provide information on immunizations that is dubious and not backed by science so it is important to find accurate sources when reviewing vaccine safety information.
This page is a selective collection of resources on vaccine safety. The links on this page are evaluated based on the idea that instead of subjective and emotional information there is a demand for objective, peer reviewed, science-based research about the safety of vaccines.
Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Each year, more than 2,000 individuals, members, and nonmembers volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to advance the nation’s health through the work of the IOM. This recent IOM report about the safety of the current vaccine schedule is the result of input from many different stakeholders including the public and was compiled by experts across a range of institutions with input from independent citizens.
Institute for Vaccine Safety
The Institute for Vaccine Safety is based at the John's Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health which is one of the most well-respected health care institutions in the U.S. The Institute was founded by among others Neal Halsey, a pediatrician and infectious disease doctor. Dr. Halsey has spent his career promoting vaccines as a way of preventing disease but in the late 90's he became concerned about the amount of mercury in vaccines as a result of the preservative thimerosal found in some vaccines. He led the precautionary movement to remove thimerosal from vaccines routinely given to children in the U.S. This website is a great source for research on different vaccines. It also includes package inserts from many vaccines, a list of components in different vaccines, and other useful content about immunizations in the U.S.
Dr. Andrew Weil
Dr. Weil is a well-known author and physician who helped establish and popularize the field of integrative medicine. He is the founder and Program Director of the Arizona School For Integrative Medicine. Dr. Weil is familiar to many people who use Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM) practices many of whom are skeptical of immunization and question the safety of vaccines. Here are Dr. Weil's opinions on the benefits/risks of immunization, safety of childhood vaccinations, aluminum in vaccines, shingles vaccine, hpv vaccine.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled a list of vaccine safety issues. This is a fairly comprehensive list of vaccine safety concerns.
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