Reliable vaccine information: how to find it and why it matters
As a parent, the amount of confusing information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases can be overwhelming. It's important to have accurate information and facts so you can decide what's best for your child — and feel confident in your decision.122
So as you continue your search for answers about vaccines, how do you know what to believe? Here are some tips:
Rather than using a search engine, start with reliable sources such as the National Network of Immunization Information (NNii) or the CDC. A list of other trustworthy websites can be found on this page.
When you get to a website, check to see if it displays who is responsible for the site and how it is funded. This is another sign of a reliable source.
Make sure the author cites the sources where he or she got the information, along with links to these sources. Is information presented objectively, or is it biased?
Does the website cite scientific evidence for the statements that are made? Can facts and opinions be easily distinguished?
Does the website use mostly anecdotes instead of scientific evidence? If so, it may not be reliable.122
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