Using The Internet To Obtain Medical Advice

Keep five things in mind when searching the internet for information:

  1. Check the creator. Web sites ending in .gov (for government) or .edu (for an educational institution) are the most reliable.
  2. Look for credentials. Make sure the author of the site's medical advisory board has the appropriate medical or health credentials.
  3. Read the references. Web documents should include references for data and advice. Check the date to make sure the information is recent.
  4. Watch out for bias. Many "health" Web Sites are merely disguised advertisements. Read headings carefully to distinguish between facts and hype.
  5. Ask us. We have a booklet containing many credible Web Sites.


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  • Allergy and Asthma Network/Mother of Asthmatics
  • CDC Travel Information
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
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