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Vaccine Finder

Add the Vaccine Finder widget to your website to help your community find a vaccination location. Copy the widget code, available in English and Spanish, from website.


Watch and discuss the PBS NOVA series, Vaccines - Calling the Shots, which takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Exhibition Program produces lively and informative exhibitions that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the health information resources of the National Library of Medicine. These exhibitions and supportive educational resources engage diverse audiences and explore a variety of topics in the history of medicine.

NLM circulates the collection of traveling banner exhibitions free of charge to the public, university, and medical libraries, as well as cultural centers across the country for a select period of time. However, the exhibitions and educational resources also are made available online as part of a permanent digital gallery collection. You can view, discuss, and learn anytime.

Young Readers

Help young readers delve into the biology and mechanisms of infections, diseases, and immunity.Book Cover Science Comics Plagues

  • Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield | Falynn Koch | Macmillan | 128 pages | ISBN: 978-1626727526 | Grade Level 4-8
  • Book cover Baby Medical School VaccinesBaby Medical School: Vaccines | Margot Alesund | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2017 | 30 pages | ISBN: 978-1978106819 | Grade Level 1-2​

Skills Training

  • Our Best Shot: Workshop Kit is designed for community leaders hosting workshops for seniors and their caregivers on the basics of vaccination. The “soup-to-nuts” kit covers how vaccines work, common vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety and efficacy, the vaccine schedule for adults 60-64 and 65+, and where and how to get vaccinated. A quiz is designed for participants to use during the workshop as a discussion tool. Consider asking a public health nurse to administer the influenza vaccination.
  • The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) provides in-person and online instruction. Live webinars often are recorded for future viewing. Check the NNLM Training page for a complete list of programs and schedules.
Featured Books
Title: On Immunity
Author Eula Bliss
Publisher Graywolf Press
Year published 2015
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Title: The Vaccine Race
Author Meredith Wadman, M.D.
Publisher Penguin Books
Year published 2018
Book image Vaccine Race book
Title: Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism
Author Peter J Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Year published 2018
Book image Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism book cover

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