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Vaccinations and Immunizations

This research guide contains resources on vaccinations and immunizations and is a starting point for students researching this topic or for anyone wanting general information.

Films on Demand Service

There are a number of videos available on this subject, both on the internet and through our available databases. This page features some useful examples. For more, we recommend accessing the Films on Demand database.


Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago--including whooping cough, measles, mumps--are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. This NOVA special takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, and shed light on the risks of opting out. Highlighting real cases and placing them in historical context, the program traces outbreaks of communicable diseases and demonstrates just how fast they can spread--and how many people can fall sick--when a community's immunity barrier falls. 

Learn the common childhood immunizations, a typical schedule for them, and the importance of having your baby receive them on time.

Understand that there are disease-causing germs all around us, but you can be protected from many of them by being vaccinated. Also, learn how a vaccine works in the body and recognize the importance of staying up to date with all of your vaccines.


Before Ohio teen Ethan Lindenberger testifies before the Senate on vaccinations, MSNBC Medical Correspondent Dr. John Torres analyzes the anti-vaccination debate that has gained steam in the United States.