OK, it’s probably a wee bit of an exaggeration to call the medical establishment an empire. My excuse is that I live in a house full of Star Wars aficionados (everyone except me, that is), so it was bound to rub off on me sooner or later 🙂 .
But I wanted to tell you about some new pro-vaccine Internet resources geared for laypeople that have popped up lately. While they are not part of the medical establishment per se, they do a good job of explaining mainstream medicine’s position regarding vaccines to that part of the public which is vulnerable to anti-vaccine scaremongering, and pointing them toward the applicable resources within the medical research which support the pro-vaccine position.
Vaccinateyourbaby.org is a new initiative to bring accurate and timely information and news regarding vaccines to the websurfing public. It’s sponsored by the non-profit organization Every Child by Two, an organization dedicated to elevating vaccine coverage in the population and which provides vaccine-related education for both laypeople and healthcare providers. While I confess to not being a fan of her husband’s (understatement of the year), former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and her associate Betty Bumpers (former First Lady of Arkansas) deserve many kudos for their work.
Voices For Vaccines (VFV) will provide evidence-based, accessible, and clear information about the benefits and risks of vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases to the public, health professionals, political leaders, and their organizations. It will represent the millions of people who support immunizations by speaking with one strong voice about their value. VFV seeks to become the “go to” source for credible, sound information on issues relating to vaccines, vaccine-preventable diseases, and immunization. VFV will advocate strongly to improve the woefully low adult vaccination rates found in the United States and other countries. VFV will translate policy for the public.
The website is still pretty barebones, but the description of each pathogen and provision of reliable sources to learn about them and the vaccines that protect us from them are invaluable.
Another new resource for parents is a new book called Do Vaccines Cause That?, by
Martin Myers, M.D and Diego Pineda, M.S., respectively the editor and science writer for the National Network for Immunization Information (NNii). The book is downloadable from the website for $12.95, or available for purchase in paper form for $14.95. You can also read a sample chapter on the website. It’s an excellent overview of why vaccines are given and why and how we know if they are (or aren’t) associated with various side effects. Hopefully, it can set more than a few anxious parents’ minds at ease. Diego Pineda also has a vaccine-related Amazon.com blog which is quite excellent.
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