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Importance of Vaccine

Importance of Vaccines

During the past 50 years, immunization has saved more than a billion lives and prevented countless illnesses and disabilities in the United States. Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.
Importance of Vaccine Resources
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Click this arrow to view IAC's parent handouts
Handouts for Parents
IAC's collection of handouts for staff and patients
Top 10 Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating
Top 10 Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating
>> spanish-language version
Vaccines Work!
Vaccines Work!
Sample Vaccine Policy Statement
Sample Vaccine Policy Statement
 
What If You Donít Vaccinate Your Child?s
What If You Donít Vaccinate Your Child?
>> view all handouts for parents
Click this arrow to watch A Practical Guide to Improving Adult Vaccination Rates in Your Practice
Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
CDC's experts answer challenging questions about vaccines
Click this arrow to view IAC's collection of vaccine information statements
Vaccine Information Statements
VISs explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine
Click this arrow to view IAC's collection of unprotected people reports
Unprotected People Reports
Real-life accounts of suffering and loss
IAC's website for the public - vaccineinformation.org
Click this arrow to view the vaccine safety websection on vaccineinformation.org
Vaccine Basics: Importance of Vaccines
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)
CDC: Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Click this arrow to view CDC's Why Immunize?
Why Immunize?
Overview about the importance of vaccination in preventing serious diseases from making a comeback
Click this arrow for CDC's How Vaccines Prevent Disease
How Vaccines Prevent Disease
Explains how vaccines prevent disease and protect others
Click here to view CDC'S What Would Happen If We Stopped Vaccinations?
What Would Happen If We Stopped Vaccinations?
Provides important information about vaccine-preventable diseases
Click here to view CDC'S Understanding How Vaccines Work
Understanding How Vaccines Work
Fact sheet provides basic information about the immune system and describes the types of vaccines
Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, Texas Children's Hospital
Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, Texas Children's Hospital
Click this arrow to view the Texas Children's Hospital's Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotten Story
Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotten Story
This book profiles families devastated by vaccine-preventable disease. All of the families featured in the book thought it would never happen to them. All would, in a heartbeat, grab the chance to rewrite history by immunizing themselves or their loved ones against disease.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP's Immunization Website
Click this arrow to view AAP's Why Immunize?
Why Immunize?
AAP's immunization information for families
History of Vaccines
History of Vaccines
Click this arrow to view the History of Vaccines' Why Vaccinate?
Why Vaccinate?
Historical perspective on the importance of vaccination
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Click this arrow to view  the History of Vaccines' Herd Immunity
Herd Immunity
Animation and text explain how vaccinated people help prevent the spread of infectious diseases
 
More Resources
      FEATURED RESOURCE
Voices for Vaccines
Voices for Vaccines
Advocacy organization for parents supports the health of children through immunization - Join today!
 
      VIDEOS
Video: Shot by Shot Website
Shot by Shot Video Library
People share their stories of vaccine-preventable diseases online. Collection of more than 100 videos from the California Immunization Coalition
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: Why Vaccinate?
Why Vaccinate?
Mary Beth Petraco, DNP, CPNP, Dr. Mark Sawyer, and Dr. Paul Offit discuss why is it important to vaccinate against diseases that don't appear to exist anymore
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Videos & PSAs
more videos for parents
Videos & PSAs
more videos for health care professionals
      POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
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
PowerPoint: Making the CASE for Vaccines
Making the CASE for Vaccines
Presentation describes 4-step framework to help healthcare professionals present the science about vaccine safety and autism
>> more PowerPoint presentations
      JOURNAL ARTICLES
Benefits from Immunization during the Vaccines for Children Program Era—United States, 1994–2013
MMWR, April 25, 2014, Vol. 63(16):352-5
U.S. Physicians' Perspective of Adult Vaccine Delivery
Ann Intern Med
, February 2014, Vol. 160(3):161-170
Ten Great Public Health Achievements--United States, 2001-2010
MMWR, May 20, 2011, Vol. 60(19):619-23
>> more vaccine-related journal articles: importance of vaccines
vaccineinformation.org
INFANTS
PRETEENS
TEENS
ADULTS
GLT
GRT
 
Vaccine Questions?
• CDC-info: 800.232.4636
• Email: nipinfo@cdc.gov
• Contact: Program Managers
 
GLB
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This page was updated on May 11, 2015
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This website is supported in part by a cooperative agreement from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (Grant No. 5U38IP000290) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. The website content is the sole responsibility of IAC and does not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.