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Too Many Vaccines?

Too Many Vaccines?

From the moment babies are born, they are exposed to numerous bacteria and viruses on a daily basis. Eating food introduces new bacteria into the body; numerous bacteria live in the mouth and nose; and an infant places his or her hands or other objects in his or her mouth hundreds of times every hour, exposing the immune system to still more antigens. When a child breathes in one of the many cold viruses, they are exposed to at least 4 to 10 antigens and exposure to “strep throat” is about 25 to 50 antigens.
Too Many Vaccines? Resources
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
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Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots
Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots by Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Decision To Not Vaccinate My Child
Decision to Not Vaccinate My Child
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials from Respected Organizations
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials from Respected Organizations
 
What If You Don't Immunize Your Child?
What If You Don't Immunize Your Child?
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Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
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Vaccine Information Statements
VISs are information sheets produced by CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to vaccine recipients
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Unprotected People Stories
Real-life accounts of suffering and loss
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Vaccine Basics: Vaccine Safety
The Vaccine Basics web section on vaccineinformation.org provides information about importance of vaccines and answers many common questions about vaccines and getting vaccinated
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Vaccine Safety: Multiple Vaccines and the Immune System
Vaccine Safety: Multiple Vaccines and the Immune System
Provides answers to concerns about too many vaccines
The Childhood Immunization Schedule
The Childhood Immunization Schedule
Conversations with parents about vaccinating on time and that vaccines do not overwhelm the immune system
If You Choose Not to Vaccinate Your Child, Understand the Risks and Responsibilities
If You Choose Not to Vaccinate Your Child, Understand the Risks and Responsibilities
Know the risks if parents delay or choose not to vaccinate
Understanding How Vaccines Work
Understanding How Vaccines Work
Fact sheet provides basic information about the immune system and describes the types of vaccines
Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Materials to help explain the importance of vaccines to parents
Vaccine Education Center (VEC), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Too Many Vaccines? What You Should Know
Offers reassuring information about the safety of multiple vaccinations
Spanish-language version
Vaccine Science: Vaccines and the Immune System
Vaccine Science: Vaccines and the Immune System
Vaccines "control" for things such as the dose (smallest amount needed) and the timing (before the time of highest risk)
Vaccine Safety: Immune System and Health
Vaccine Safety: Immune System and Health
Reviews natural infection versus immunization
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Click this arrow to view AAP's The Childhood Immunization Schedule: Why Is It Like That?
The Childhood Immunization Schedule: Why Is It Like That?
Q and A's on how the spacing and timing of shots are determined, includes answers about "too many vaccines"
Common Parental Concerns: Non-Standard Schedules
Common Parental Concerns: Non-Standard Schedules
Resources for healthcare professionals and parents about non-standard schedules
An Important Immunization Message from the AAP
An Important Immunization Message from the AAP
Pediatricians strongly support following the recommended immunization schedule
14 Diseases You Almost Forgot About Thanks to Vaccines
14 Diseases You Almost Forgot About Thanks to Vaccines
List of facts about disease and the vaccines that protect against them
How Vaccines Secure Your Child's Freedom from Disease
How Vaccines Secure Your Child's Freedom from Disease
Vaccines strengthen immunity and may prevent the need for medications and procedures
National Academy of Medicine
The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an impartial group of the world's leading experts that advises Congress on science issues.
Click this arrow to view the 2011 IOM study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality
2011 Study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines - Evidence and Causality
Click this arrow to view the 2011 IOM study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality 2002 Study: Multiple Immunizations and Immune Dysfunction
Vaxopedia
Too Many Too Soon
Too Many Too Soon
An easy vaccine myth to fall for
Are Vaccines Tested Together?
Are Vaccines Tested Together?
Studies of vaccines tested together and post-licensure monitoring
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Too Many Vaccines? What You Should Know
Too Many Vaccines? What You Should Know
Offers reassuring information about the safety of multiple vaccinations
Vaccine Education Center (VEC), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
 
      VIDEOS
Video: Talking about Vaccines with Dr. Paul Offit - Do Babies Get Too Many Vaccines?
Do Babies Get Too Many Vaccines? Talking about Vaccines with Dr. Paul Offit from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
A series of videos, each about two to four minutes in length, during which Dr. Offit answers individual questions related to vaccines
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Video: Video FAQs: Why Follow the Recommended Immunization Schedule
Video FAQs: Are We Overwhelming the Immune System by Giving Too Many Vaccines?
In these short video clips, Dr. Mark Sawyer and Dr. Paul Offit talk about vaccines, your child's immune system, and the importance of following the recommended immunization schedule.
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Video: Addressing Vaccine Hesitant Parents
Addressing Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
This set of role-playing videos, available for viewing either as one video or a series of clips, include an introduction and commentary by infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Sawyer.
CDC video: Vaccines and Your Baby's Immune System
CDC video: Vaccines and Your Baby's Immune System
In this How Vaccines Work video, baby Jack and his parents find out how vaccines help train your baby’s immune system to help prevent disease
Videos & PSAs
more videos for parents
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      POWERPOINT SLIDE SETS
PowerPoint: Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Talking points and resources for busy healthcare professionals
PowerPoint: Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Help parents who question vaccines; references provided
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      More Information
Association Between Estimated Cumulative Vaccine Antigen Exposure Through the First 23 Months of Life and Non-Vaccine-Targeted Infections From 24 Through 47 Months of Age
Authors: Glanz JM, Newcomer SR, Daley MF, et al. JAMA 2018;319(Mar 6):906–913
Physician Response to Parental Requests to Spread Out the Recommended Vaccine Schedule
Authors: Kempe A, et al. Pediatrics. 2015 Apr;135(4):666-77
Increasing Exposure to Antibody-stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides in Vaccines Is Not Associated with Risk of Autism
Authors: DeStefano F, Price CS, Weintraub ES, Journal of Pediatrics, August 2013; 163(2):561-7
Addressing parents' concerns: Do multiple vaccines overwhelm or weaken the infant's immune system?
Authors: Offit PA, et al. Pediatrics 2002;109:124-9.
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This page was updated on July 9, 2020.
This page was reviewed on July 9, 2020.
 
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