Vaccines.Gov

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Vaccines.gov is the federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors.  Vaccines.gov provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan.

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Vaccines

Food and Drug Administration

Provides information on vaccines, which are regulated by the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).

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Vaccines and Immunizations: Requirements and Laws

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This site provides information on school requirements, state requirements, exceptions and consent forms.

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National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program website provides resources on compensation for injuries from certain vaccines, as well as related data and statistics.

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Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System

Department of Health and Human Services

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

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National Vaccine Program Office

Department of Health and Human Services

The National Vaccine Program Office of the Department of Health and Human Services provides resources relating to its role in ensuring collaboration among the many Federal agencies involved in vaccine and immunization activities.

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Health Topics: Vaccines

World Health Organization

This website includes general information about vaccines, as well as technical information about global vaccine safety. 

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The National Network for Immunization Information

Immunizations for Public Health

The National Network for Immunization Information is an affiliate of a number of professional societies, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics, that seeks to provide the public with "up-to-date, scientifically valid information related to immunization."

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Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism

Institute of Medicine

In this report, the Immunization Safety Review Committee concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism, as well as between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism. 

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Retraction of the Wakefield Paper


Feb. 2010/9713/375

Editors of The Lancet

In 1998, Wakefield et al. published a paper in The Lancet suggesting an association between the MMR vaccine and autism spectrum disorder, providing the foundation for a wave of vaccination refusal by parents for their children.  In 2010, The Lancet retracted the paper, concluding that several elements were incorrect.

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The Ethics and Politics of Compulsory HPV Vaccination

New England Journal of Medicine
James Colgrove

This Perspectives piece addresses the issues surrounding compulsory vaccination.

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Vaccine Refusal, Mandatory Immunization, and the Risks of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

New England Journal of Medicine
Saad B. Omer, et al.

This article reviews the evidentiary basis for school immunization requirements and some of the individual and community risks of vaccine-preventable diseases associated with vaccine refusal.

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A Proposed Ethical Framework for Vaccine Mandates: Competing Values and the Case of HPV

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
Robert I. Field and Arthur L. Caplan

This article offers a framework for evaluating vaccine mandates, with autonomy on the one hand, which militates against government intrusion, and beneficence, utilitarianism, justice, and nonmaleficence on the other, which may lend support to intervention.

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Shifting Vaccination Politics — The End of Personal-Belief Exemptions in California

New England Journal of Medicine
Michelle M. Mello, David M. Studdert, and Wendy E. Parmet

This article describes recent state laws narrowing exemptions to school-entry vaccine mandates, allowing only medical exemptions.  

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