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ICAAP Immunization Initiatives focus on immunization education for providers, policy, and advocacy developed in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

These resources are made available by Reaching Our Goals: Immunization Provider Education (ROG). ROG is an ICAAP educational program and initiative developed in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Heath and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Immunization Resources for Parents

Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics “Reaching Our Goals” program has developed a site where parents can easily find helpful and honest information regarding their children’s immunizations. These documents have been developed by reputable websites such as the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. You can find the most current and up to date fact sheets about immunizations on this web page. These documents will help you discern myth from fact, learn about autism and vaccines, provide information about vaccine ingredients and much more.

Common Questions Parents Ask about Infant Immunizations

Parents are faced with many difficult decisions throughout their child’s life. Whether or not to vaccinate should not be one of them. Many reproducible studies have shown that vaccines are safe and ultimately one of the most beneficial advancements in medical history. Despite the facts, parent want the best for their children and often have questions about the medical care of their child. There are many resources regarding this at your disposal on the CDC website.

Immunization Links for Parents

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics “Reaching Our Goals” program recommends that parents search the most reputable websites for information regarding vaccines and the immunization schedule. The Centers for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Immunization Action Coalition are just a few websites you can trust for medically accepted information about childhood immunization. The most up to date information can be found on these sites as soon as it becomes available to the public. Avoid misleading and biased information by visiting the following websites:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control website highlights important information about vaccines and immunizations. This website has resources for parents about the immunizations schedules, basic and common questions about vaccines, misconceptions and other topics, statistics and surveillance, recommendations and other relevant material. [...more]

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) can help cut through the clutter of finding child health information available to parents. Fortunately, our 60,000 member pediatricians are committed to the physical, mental and social well-being of all infants, children, teens and young adults – and all of the information you’ll find here is supported by scientific research. [...more]

Immunization Action Coalition

Immunization Action Coalition is the nation’s premier source of childhood, adolescent and adult immunization information. [...more]

Department of Health and Human Services Vaccine Website

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched Vaccines.gov, a Web site to educate parents and other consumers on immunization and the best ways to protect themselves and their children from infectious diseases. The site is a collection of federal resources on vaccines that provides consumers with easy-to-understand health information specifically for their needs. This is the first cross-government Web site devoted to providing consumer information about immunization, combining content and expertise from agencies across the HHS. The site includes vaccine recommendations, diseases that vaccines can prevent, important information for getting vaccinated, and tips on travel health.

Every Child by Two

Every Child by Two’s mission is to protect all children from vaccine preventable diseases by raising parental awareness of the critical need for timely infant immunizations, fostering the establishment of a systematic method to locate and immunize children, and providing convenient access to immunization services into the future. [...more]

Vaccine Scheduling Tool: One in four children is not properly immunized…is yours? In order to help you keep track of all the vaccines your child needs, Vaccinate Your Baby has created an application that can be downloaded to either your computer or smart phone that will automatically generate a customized schedule for children up to the age of 6 and send you reminders when it’s time to schedule your child’s next doctor’s appointment.

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDS)

PKIDs’ mission is to educate the public about infectious diseases, the methods of prevention and transmission, the latest advances in medicine, and the elimination of social stigma borne by the infected; and to assist the families of the children living with hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, or other chronic, viral infectious diseases with emotional, financial and informational support.[...more]

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ICAAP Immunization Initiatives focus on immunization education for providers, policy, and advocacy developed in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

For more about immunizations resources and the Reaching Our Goals project, please contact:

Sandra Han, MA
Director, Immunizations and Related Programs
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026 ext 221
Fax: 312/733-1791
shan@illinoisaap.com

John Welliver
Manager, Immunization Initiatives
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026, ext 209
Fax: 312/733-1791
jwelliver@illinoisaap.com

Anne Wong
Manager, Immunization Initiatives
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026, ext 206
Fax: 312/733-1791
awong@illinoisaap.com