Whether you're expecting your first baby or are a seasoned veteran of parenthood, you probably have questions about vaccines. Need information about recent research and current recomendations? We've rounded up the resources you need to make the informed decision that is right for your family.

Recommended Schedules From the CDC

The Center for Disease Control, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and many other organizations dedicated to public health, all recommend childhood vaccination. Information about the current recommendations are available at the CDC website, including:

The CDC also publishes a 64-page Parents' Guide to Childhood Vaccination, which includes information about childhood diseases, how vaccines work, and what to expect during an immunization visit.

Vaccination Resources for Confused Parents

Despite the current recommendations from the CDC, some experts disagree that vaccinations are safe. With all the conflicting information, parents can easily become confused, wondering who we should listen to and how we can best protect our children. If you want to do more research into vaccines, there are many resources available.

  • The National Vaccine Information Center is a non-profit, educational organization that does not advocate for or against vaccines, but empowers consumers with the information necessary to make informed decisions.
     
  • The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears is popular among parents who question the current schedule (which includes 25 vaccines in the first year of life). Sears' Alternative Vaccine Schedule allows for both selective and delayed vaccination, but isn't without criticism in the medical community.
     
  • Your pediatrician should be your healthcare ally, so talk honestly about your vaccine questions and concerns. See Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician About Vaccines for guidance.
     
  • The recently released documentary The Greater Good shares the stories of those who have been adversely affected by vaccines, and advocates powerfully for improved vaccine safety.
     
  • Parents who make the decision not to vaccinate can find support from Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, "an outspoken advocate for free choice in healthcare, including the right to refuse vaccination."
     
  • Trying to decide if the HPV vaccine is right for your daughter? A recently released study in Pediatrics says that HPV vaccination is not associated with increased sexual activity.

Have your children received all the recommended immunizations? What resources helped you to reach your decision about vaccinating?