This is a thread for us to collect useful resources (online or otherwise) which might help a unsure parent browsing our forum. It's nice to have a running list of good videos to watch, good links to ready, helpful studies, that sort of thing, for anyone who is looking for them.
Edit: I also think this wired article from 2009 is really good. It's a bit lengthy but worth the read. It may take you 20-30 minutes but has some great information from Paul Offit.
I tried to mostly stick to primary sources, but I know at least one other website, vaccine times, is mentioned. They had some good info but I think it's now defunct, or at least isn't adding more information. The anti anti vax website is also good, if kind of bare boned.
Thought I'd bump this up! Anyone have any other links to add?
I really like https://www.facebook.com/VoicesForVaccines for keeping up to date on vaccine news and their website http://www.voicesforvaccines.org/ (you know when the anti vaccine movement starts devoting entire blog posts and threads trying to discredit a person/site that means it's effective)
This one too: http://momswhovax.blogspot.com/
As far as videos, I think the intro to the penn and teller vaccine episode is a really great visual about why it's important to vaccinate EVEN IF they caused autism (which they don't!) It's a minute and a half long, and has some bad language (anyone who is familiar with them is probably not too surprised by this) but thought I'd mention it incase there are kiddos around :)
Anyone else have anything to add? This board has been kind of dead for a while, so why doesn't someone try starting a new interesting topic!
Thanks for that! It was a great read :) Especially liked these parts:
"Clearly, I can't run a google search on a complex medical topic and eventually cobble together a better answer on it than these two can. Not even if I spent ten hours on it. Not even if I spent forty. Not even if I spent weeks. They don't hand out medical degrees for running google searches. Or for talking to midwives... or doulas... or anybody else. Imagine if they did though, and you got in a car accident or you had a heart attack, or you needed a liver transplant or something. Um... yikes."
"Why are you trusting someone with whom no other expert agrees, and who is making millions off of this, instead of your own moderately-salaried pediatrician(s)? Okay I get it - you've had a crappy doctor (or doctors) before. Me too. But this debate isn't pediatrician-to-pediatrician. This debate involves a clear, essentially unanimous medical consensus among all our leading experts. When you vaccinate on time, you're not "just" trusting your pedi; you're trusting all the top experts on topics including virology, immunology, microbiology, statistics, epidemiology, pathogenesis ... and of course, medicine and pediatrics. We're talking the guys who went to Harvard and the like, and got MD's and PhD's and devoted their careers to research, which generally pays much less than private practice. I truly hope that you don't think that you or I could come up with a better answer than they have, by googling or by doing other layperson "research." If we were so capable, then what's preventing us from coming up with the next curative cancer treatment, which is another thing we can expect of Md/Phd medical researchers (like the husband I've barely seen for the past decade)?"
Love! thanks for the link :)