Below is a list of resources for clinicians including detailed information on epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases, the CDC’s immunization schedules, recommendations for vaccine storage and advice on how to talk to parents and patients about vaccine safety.
CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases has announced the launch of a new website for national, state, and local immunization partners. You can now find materials to help supplement vaccine conversations and educate parents, pregnant women, and adults, as well as healthcare professionals without having to navigate through various communication resources. On this new site you will find links to digital tools, social media content, drop-in articles, print materials, tool-kits, videos, PSAs, and more.
Vaccine Information Statements
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that VISs be handed out whenever (before each dose) certain vaccinations are given.
VISs in foreign languages can be downloaded from the Immunization Action Coalition’s (IAC) website. IAC has translated VISs into 41 languages. More information about IAC resources can be found below.
ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedules
Child, Adolescent, and Catch-up Versions — Find printable versions in various formats: regular paper, pocket size, MMWR, and laminated; load on your smartphone; check the binational resource.
Adult Version — Find printable formats in various sizes, download the interactive tool, or load the schedule on your smartphone.
Administering Vaccines to Children and Teens
- Administering Vaccines: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size
- Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Children and Teens
- How to Administer IM and SC Vaccine Injections
Administering Vaccines to Adults
Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the CDC and the FDA. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 requires health professionals and vaccine manufacturers to report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) specific adverse events that occur after the administration of routinely recommended vaccines.
Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Refusal
Resources Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Refusal
- Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
- How to Respond to Common Misconceptions about Vaccination
- Communicating with Families about Vaccination
- Trusted Sources of Vaccine Information
Documenting Vaccine Refusal
Clinical Resource and Reference Books
Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases — The 13th Edition “Pink Book” was published in 2015 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It includes updated information on routinely used vaccines and the diseases they prevent. You can order a hard copy or read it online at no cost.
Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics — The 30th Edition “Red Book” was published in 2015 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It includes the latest findings and clinical guidelines on the manifestations, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of more than 200 childhood conditions.
Immunization Action Coalition
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works, “to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services.”
- Clinic Resources — materials for staff education, training, tool kits, advice on coding & billing, documenting vaccination and much more.
- Handouts for Patients & Staff — screening questionnaires, recommendations, storage & handling, parent handouts and more.
- Talking About Vaccines — background information and practical resources that will help medical professionals discuss immunization with concerned parents or patients.
- Tips for Locating Old Immunization Records — Piecing together old immunization information can be difficult and time-consuming. Here are some ideas that might help you reconstruct this information.