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It is almost beyond the comprehension of sane people that there should be organised opposition to vaccines. A special place should be reserved in Hell for the people who want to kill or maim children by preventing them from receiving vaccinations. This is a special case of health fraud, because most of the other sorts at least pretend to cure something. The sites listed here provide factual information about the benefits and risks of vaccines. (A list of anti-vaccination liars can be found at The Millenium Project.)
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"NPS provides practical tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests. This helps individuals and health professionals be medicinewise, making better informed choices about their health"
Collection of articles from Nature about vaccination
"We are a group of local people who have got together with a shared interest in increasing the immunisation rates in our community. Our motivation is simple - we want to try and reduce the risk of epidemics of contagious disease, prevent the pain and suffering that vaccine preventable disease can cause, and protect the vulnerable that can't be vaccinated because of age or illness. "
"We are a group of local people who have got together with a shared interest in increasing the immunisation rates in our community"
Abstract: Several Internet Web sites opposing childhood immunizations are examined. Those sites that contain citations to scientific papers misrepresent their contents.
PATH's mission is to improve health, especially the health of women and children. An emphasis is placed on improving the quality of reproductive health services and on preventing and reducing the impact of widespread communicable diseases. PATH identifies, develops, and applies appropriate and innovative solutions to public health problems. This is accomplished by exchanging knowledge, skills, and technologies with governmental and nongovernmental partners in developing countries and with groups in need elsewhere.
"The PACID is an electronic guide to Infectious Diseases for use by all medical people. It is a series of hyperlinked pages covering antibiotics, pathogens and diseases"
A nice comic strip that tells the story of polio vaccination. Even a child could understand it, although it might be above the intellectual level of most anti-vaccinators.
"A podcast review of Quacks, Frauds and Charlatans. Oops. That's not right. That should be Complementary and Alternative Medicine i.e. CAM"
"Experiments and Thoughts on Quackery, Health Beliefs and Pseudoscience"
A science teacher's way to spread education about science.
This publication aims to address confusion created by contradictory information in the public domain. It sets out to explain the current situation in immunisation science, including where there is consensus in the scientific community and where uncertainties exist.
"A Skeptical Raptor's native environment is the jungles of the internet, where junk science, pseudoscience, myths, logical fallacies, and outright lies survive unchecked. The Raptor has evolved over several million years to hunt down these anti-science prey, attempting to remove them from the internet gene pool. Remember, a Raptor is missing some table manners, so the prey may not be treated very nicely"
Jenny McCarthy is a poltroon who has managed to grab the public's attention with her anti-vaccination nonsense. Someone thinks that she should be stopped.
"Two generations of Americans lived in terror of the plague that came from nowhere, felled thousands, had no cure and no treatment, and had a cruelly particular love for children. Then, as suddenly as the disease appeared, it was stopped short. Inspired by the fear this dread disease engendered, empowered by a president who was himself a victim, and funded by the average American seeking to protect the nation's children, scientists searched for a cure. What they found was a preventive, a vaccine"
Links for comprehensive information about specific diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. Each page includes a Q & A section, photos and/or video footage, true stories of individuals who have suffered or died from the disease, descriptions of public policies, and references to other resources.
"Decisions about vaccination can be a source of anxiety. People wanting to find out about immunisation are faced by a huge amount of information, including an ever-growing amount online, but it can be difficult to assess the authority of this, or what it means for you.
"This new project, funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and the Oxford Martin School, aims to make independent and authoritative scientific information available to all."
The Vaccine Page provides access to up-to-the-minute news about vaccines and an annotated database of vaccine resources on the Internet.
A useful reference whenever someone says that vaccines are never tested either for safety or efficacy.
"The VRC is dedicated to improving global human health through the rigorous pursuit of effective vaccines for human diseases."
PATH's Vaccine Resource Library (VRL) gathers top immunization resources in a single website. The VRL offers high-quality, scientifically accurate materials on specific diseases and topics in immunization addressed by PATH's work.
"A channel dedicated to dispelling the many myths spread over You Tube regarding vaccines"
"Vaccine Investigation and Online Information Network (VIOLIN) is a web-based central resource that integrates vaccine literature data mining, vaccine research data curation and storage, and curated vaccine data analysis for vaccines and vaccine candidates developed against various pathogens of high priority in public health and biological safety. The vaccine data includes research data from vaccine studies using humans, natural and laboratory animals"
Country by country statistics about vaccine-preventable diseases
Anti-vaccination liars say that nobody cares about vaccine safety. That is one of the reasons they are called liars.