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Responding to Parents

In healthcare settings across the nation, healthcare professionals are called upon to attest to the safety of vaccines, the importance of vaccination, and the potentially grave consequences of failure to vaccinate. This section provides background information and practical resources that will help them confidently discuss immunization with parents.
Resources for Responding to Parents
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Handouts on Vaccine Hesitancy
Handouts for Parents
IAC's collection of handouts for staff and patients
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials from Respected Organizations
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials from Respected Organizations
Decision To Not Vaccinate My Child
Reliable Sources of Immunization Information: Where Parents Can Go to Find Answers!
Top 10 Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating
Top 10 Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating
 
Decision To Not Vaccinate My Child
Decision to Not Vaccinate My Child
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Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
IAC experts answer challenging questions about vaccines
Click this arrow to view IAC's collection of vaccine information statements
Vaccine Information Statements
VISs are information sheets produced by CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to vaccine recipients
Click this arrow to view IAC's collection of unprotected people stories
Unprotected People Stories
Real-life accounts of suffering and loss
Click this arrow to view the vaccine safety websection on vaccineinformation.org
Vaccine Basics: Frequently Asked Questions
The Vaccine Basics web section on vaccineinformation.org provides information about importance of vaccines and answers many common questions about vaccines and getting vaccinated
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Materials to help explain the importance of vaccines to parents
Click this arrow to view CDC's For Parents: Vaccines for Your Children
For Parents: Vaccines for Your Children
CDC’s website for parents includes information about making the vaccine decision, the immunization schedule, and more
Click this arrow to view CDC's Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Fact sheets for parents: Learn more about the diseases that can be prevented with vaccines, as well as the benefits and risks of vaccination
Vaccine Education Center (VEC), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Click this arrow to view CDC's Vaccine Educational Materials
Vaccine Educational Materials
Online ordering for parents and healthcare professionals
Parents PACK Newsletter
Parents PACK Newsletter
Parents PACK is a monthly e-mail newsletter written for parents that addresses vaccine topics and commonly asked questions
Vaccines on the Go
Vaccines on the Go
Free, award-winning mobile app for parents about vaccines
Vaccinate Your Family (VYF)
Shot of Prevention
Shot of Prevention
Vaccinate Your Family's blog about vaccine topics
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
History of Vaccines
History of Vaccines
Provides the compelling history of vaccination, from pre-Jennerian times to modern-day innovations in vaccines
Health and Human Services (HHS)
Vaccines.gov Website
Vaccines.gov Website
Vaccines.gov is the federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunizations
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP’s Immunization Website
AAP’s Immunization Website
Information for both parents and clinicians
Vaccine Hesitant Parents
Vaccine Hesitant Parents
Review of communication methods used to reassure parents
Documenting Parental Refusal to Have Their Children Vaccinated
Documenting Parental Refusal to Have Their Children Vaccinated
Refusal to Vaccinate Form to duplicate or adapt, with additional resources for pediatricians
National Academy of Medicine
The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) is an impartial group of the world's leading experts that advises Congress on science issues. After reviewing more than 200 studies in 2004 and more than 1,000 studies in 2011, its consensus report strongly stated that the evidence did not show a link between vaccines and autism.
Click this arrow to view the 2011 IOM study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality
2011 Study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines - Evidence and Causality
Click this arrow to view the 2004 IOM study: Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism
2004 Study: Immunization Safety Review - Vaccines and Autism
World Health Organization (WHO)
Vaccines Safety Net Websites
Vaccines Safety Net Websites
Websites meeting the qualifying standards of WHO's Vaccine Safety Net
Vaxopedia
Vaxopedia
How Pediatricians Should Talk to Vaccine Hesitant Parents
How to discuss vaccines with hesitant parents
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      FEATURED RESOURCES
Talking with Parents about Vaccines for Infants
From CDC: Preparing for Questions Parents May Ask about Vaccines
This sheet outlines some of the topics parents ask about and tips for how to answer
 
      VIDEOS
Video: Talking About Vaccines with Dr. Paul Offit
Talking About Vaccines with Dr. Paul Offit from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
A series of videos, each about two to four minutes in length, during which Dr. Offit answers individual questions related to vaccines
Video: Addressing Vaccine Hesitant Parents
Addressing Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
This set of role-playing videos, available for viewing either as one video or a series of clips, include an introduction and commentary by infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Sawyer
Video FAQs for Parents
Video FAQs for Parents
Short video clips from Vaccinate Your Family with experts in the fields of immunization and autism answering FAQs for parents
Getting Parents to Yes! Vaccine Conversations that Work for Providers and Parents
Getting Parents to Yes! Vaccine Conversations that Work for Providers and Parents
CDC-sponsored 2017 webinar with physician experts sharing best practices for giving an effective vaccine recommendation
Videos & PSAs
more videos for parents
Videos & PSAs
more videos for healthcare professionals
      POWERPOINT SLIDE SETS
PowerPoint: Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Talking points and resources for busy healthcare professionals
PowerPoint: Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Help parents who question vaccines; references provided
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     MORE INFORMATION
Looking for Tips on Talking With Parents About Vaccines?
AAFP News, April 12, 2019
Responding to Parents Who Refuse Childhood Immunizations
Nursing
, December 2017
Countering Vaccine Hesitancy
Pediatrics, September 2016
vaccineinformation.org
INFANTS
PRETEENS
TEENS
ADULTS
GLT
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Vaccine Questions?
• Email: nipinfo@cdc.gov
• Contact: State Immunization Program Managers
 
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This page was updated on January 14, 2020.
This page was reviewed on November 15, 2019.
 
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