Contemporary Pediatrics


Web links: Immunology info

July 1, 2007

Read up on the science behind vaccines, and also the arguments made against them.

Most parents feel a regret when their baby stops breastfeeding, or moves from a bottle toa cup. Understandably, that feeling isn’t as pronounced when they toilet-train theirchild, and don’t have to deal with wipes, creams, squirming toddlers, or a dreaded diaperblowout. “Getting it right the first time” is the topic of a new Contemporary Pediatrics podcaston toilet training. For children who don’t easily take to the seat, training is often a struggle.Advice on the subject is as easy to come by as hiccup remedies, and unfortunately about aseffective. These links offer some scientific research, some old wives’ tales, and some dubiousclaims-in other words, the same mix parents get bombarded with.

The Allied Vaccine Group:

Autism And Vaccines Theory: .

Addresses the possible connectionbetween autism and vaccination.

CDC’s Vaccines And ImmunizationPage:

Designed to be the mostcomprehensive vaccine site on theInternet. This replaces CDC’s previousNational Immunization Project site at

Childhood Immunization SupportProgram: .

Run by the American Academyof Pediatrics.

“Deadly Immunity”: .

The 2005 Rolling Stone articleby Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. thatdrew prominence to the thimerosalautismtheory.

Every Child By Two: .

Cofounded by former first ladyRosalynn Carter in 1991, to ensureall of the 11,000 babies born in theUS every year are fully immunizedby age two.

FluMist: .

Sponsor: Aviron. Disease: Influenza.

Frequently Asked Questions AboutImmunization:

From, whoseinformation is reviewed by MDs.

Gardasil: .

Sponsor: Merck. Disease: HPV.


MedlinePlus’s page on immunization.

Immunization Action Committee:

In addition to the advocacy Web site,IAC publishes the periodicals NeedleTips, Vaccinate Adults, and VaccinateWomen.

Influenza Vaccine AvailabilityTracking System: .

Created to address the sadly regularflu shot shortages.