When it comes to vaccine resources and information many people can be hesitant to believe what they hear from other people. Knowing where to turn when a person has questions, concerns, or wants general knowledge is essential. Read on to learn more about places to go for trusted information, and sources they may not be the best to reach out to.
Let’s break down the safe and trusted sources. What they are and why:
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) While it has taken some fire over the past few years, but it is a trusted source that generates research-based information
- One of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services.
- World Health Organization (WHO) The United Nations agency working to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.
- State and local health departments
- Local health departments strive to protect and improve the health of their communities by preventing and controlling the spread of disease and injury, protecting against environmental hazards, promoting and supporting healthy behaviors, and preparing for and responding to emergencies.
- Primary Care Physicians
- Vaccine research studies and publications.
Places to avoid or double-check information:
- Social media sites
- Random Google searches
- If researching online look for sites that end with .edu, .gov, .ac
- Unfortunately, sometimes friends and family
- When they share information that sounds a little “off” ask them where they got their information, and then confirm it with your own research.
- Influencer blogs, Youtube, etc. unless backed with evidenced-based scientific research.