Professional Resources

Click below to link directly to leading authorities for additional vaccine-preventable disease and immunization information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Comprehensive compilation of clinical information related to pertussis.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) – Handouts for Patients and Staff, Clinic Resources, VIS, Diseases and Vaccines and Talking About Vaccines.   IAC works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services.  For more than a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked in concert with and provided financial support to IAC for the purpose of educating health professionals about U.S. vaccine recommendations.

Vaccine Information for the Public and Health Professionals (From the IAC) – Disease Q&A, Vaccine Q&A, Photos, Videos, Case Histories, Recommendations and References.

Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) – The Committee develops written recommendations for the routine administration of vaccines to children and adults in the civilian population.  The ACIP is the only entity in the federal government that makes such recommendations.

CDC MMWR – CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports

Pink Book’s Chapter on Pertussis – (Updated April 2011 – 12th edition second printing May 2012) Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, 12th Edition. (PDF version click here).

Vaccine Education Center (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) – Provides complete and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.  Videos, informational tear sheets, and information on every vaccine available.  Resources explain how vaccines work, how they are made, who recommends vaccines, when they should be given, if they are still necessary, and, most importantly, if they are safe.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Prevention (CIDRAP) – Global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response (not Pertussis specific).

Institute for Vaccine Safety (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) – Unique site linking information on exemptions, legislation, new vaccine status, Thimerosal table, manufacturer links, package inserts, vaccine safety reports and vaccine components.

U.S. National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health – MedLinePlus Health information and PubMed Citations.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Red Book Online See Summaries of Infectious Diseases (2009) (Subscription needed for full text).