Vaccine News and Information

Parents who wish to learn more about vaccines and vaccine safety can depend on these sites for honest, thorough information.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a world-premier facility, hosts this comprehensive site, featuring Common Concerns About Vaccines, Are Vaccines Safe, and A Look at Each Vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control web site contains the most up-to-date recommendations and recent health news. This link leads to their site for parents looking for vaccine information.

A non-profit group, the Immunization Action Coalition, hosts this user-friendly site. Their board of directors includes the biggest names in vaccine research, and their material on vaccine-preventable diseases and sections about vaccine safety concerns are comprehensive and easy to read.

For those interested in the history and personalities behind vaccine controversies, this very well-documented article reviews how one researcher's flawed and misleading study led to the current MMR-autism scare.

Dr. Roy's Blog

Continuing the themes of his two books, Dr. Roy is now writing a blog, The Pediatric Insider. Visit his blog to read more of Dr. Roy's articles on parenting and children's health. While you're there, you can post comments and suggestions of your own.

Dr. Roy's Books

Dr. Roy's second book, Solving Health and Behavioral Problems from Birth Through Preschool: A Parent's Guide, will help parents understand the most common childhood maladies and misbehaviors and know what the best options are for action. The topics addressed range from abdominal pain, ear infections and vomiting to issues with eating, sleeping and toilet training. Dr. Roy includes the most recent research in each area, and shares vignettes from his own practice.

Dr. Roy's first book, A Guide to Getting the Best Healthcare for Your Child, is also available. In this book, Dr. Roy reveals the secrets of pediatrics that could help every parent and child. The best ways to choose and use all aspects of pediatric care are covered: traditional medicine, alternative medicine, hospitals, emergency rooms, telephone calls, insurance, sources of medical information and more.

Both of Dr. Roy's books can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the publisher, or ordered from any local bookstore.

Articles by Our Physicians

Car Safety Seats
Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion
Eat Your Vegetables
Fall Asleep Junior!
How Much Milk?
If Your Child Won't Go to School
Is Breastfeeding the Best Option for my Newborn?
Medicine Without the Fight
Pink Eye
Poison Ivy
Preventing Medical Errors
Preventing Mosquito Bites
Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Preventing Sun Damage
Saving Lives with CPR
Seasonal Allergies
Should I Vaccinate My Child?
Sunscreen--Does it Really Matter?
The Importance of Immunization
Top Ten Ways to Keep Your Children Healthy this Winter
Update on Treating Ear Infections
Weight Control Doesn't Have to be Difficult
What's This About the Flu?
When School Isn't Going Well
Why Do Babies Get Jaundiced?

Further Reading

Web sites and Recommended Reading to help you keep your children Happy, Healthy, and Safe

The following links and publications provide useful information on a variety of health topics. These links and publications are for informational purposes only. They are not intended to, and do not, provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice, or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read in these resources. Never rely on information in these resources in place of seeking professional medical advice.

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See it to believe it, an alphabet zoo!

For kids, a cool game; for the parents, this is a very moving story.

For babies, a lapware Sesame Street game. Just bang the keys!

Healthy is a website created by the AAP to help parents with common childhood issues. Of particular note, the KidsDoc Symptom Checker can be very useful for determining when it is necessary to call the pediatrician about a certain condition.

An advertising-free online and printed newsletter for parents covering a variety of health and behavior topics, Pediatrics for Parents stresses the best available evidence and science.

How to stay healthy when traveling overseas. Look for here for general information plus specific information about necessary travel precautions for your destination.

An excellent parent's guide to vaccinations

The American Academy of Pediatrics home page, with links to parenting and health topics.

This nonprofit, frequently updated site offers sections with great information and advice for parents, kids, and teens.

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families.

The American Dietetic Association web site, with timely, science-based food and nutrition information.

The FDA's Consumer Health Page contains information on many important health and safety topics.


A user friendly resource on children's health emergencies, such as infectious diseases, injuries, problems with chronic illnesses (e.g., asthma), and poisonings, whether related to medications or exposures in our environment. Other areas of interest are touched on occasionally such as school or sports-related issues.

This is an excellent, non-profit site with plenty of practical information about keeping your child with food allergies safe.

Teach your kids stranger safety. The videos are funny and are excellent teaching tools.

At, you can get the latest information on product recalls that affect your family. Toy recalls are listed under the "consumer products" tab. You can also search a database of recalled toys, food, and other items, or sign up for an email recall alert newsletter.

Help keep your family safe by checking product recalls and safety news from The US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Household Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, organized by your child's age

Comprehensive information about the safety of children riding in cars is found at this government site. There are even rankings of the ease of use of many car seats.

Information from the FDA on handling food safely and preventing food-borne illness:

Recommended Reading

With editorial comments by Dr. Roy.

Barton D. Schmitt, Your Child's Health
Classic guide to symptoms and problems experienced by children of all ages, and what to do about them. Last revised in 1991, it remains a very useful and dependable resource.

Richard Ferber, Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems
The book that became a verb! "Ferberizing" has now been studied in a large clinical trial, which confirms what we knew: if you want your child to sleep peacefully through the night, this works.

Russell A. Barkley, Taking Charge of ADHD
Whether your child has ADD, ADHD, or neither, this is an excellent book filled with practical information to help parents and teachers deal with children who have trouble paying attention.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Birth to 5 years: The Authoritative Guide
Superb, well organized, helpful book from the folks who know best. And you get a copy free if you sign up for the Publix baby club!

Harvey Karp, Happiest Baby on the Block
He's been on Oprah, and his method for calming newborns really works. The book is a bit wordy, so if you're having trouble with a colicky baby skip to the middle part to help make it through the evening. Learn how to use these techniques to calm babies and help them sleep longer at The Happiest Baby Workshop:

T. Berry Brazelton, Touchpoints
I just love this book. It explains why babies and younger children do the things they do. There is an extensive section of common problems in youngsters, with a developmental approach to solving them.

Rex Forehand, Parenting a Strong Willed Child
Good, organized, practical advice that may save your sanity. This book is far better than the "other" strong willed child book not listed here.

Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Raising Your Spirited Child
Is your child intense, inflexible, sensitive, and persistent? This is the book for you.

Sally Shaywitz, Overcoming Dyslexia
A great, helpful book for families dealing with this common reading disability.

Tracy Hogg, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
It's long, it's reassuring, and it's filled with down-home advice and homilies you would have gotten from your British nursemaid, if you had one.

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