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Responding to Parents

Responding to Parents

In healthcare settings across the nation, medical 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 efficiently and confidently discuss immunization with parents and patients.
Resources for Responding to Parents
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
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
Top 10 Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating
Top 10 Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating
>> spanish-language version
 
Decision To Not Vaccinate My Child
Decision To Not Vaccinate My Child
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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 Frequently Asked Questions 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)
CDC: Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Click this arrow to view CDC's Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Materials to help you assess parents’ needs
Click this arrow for CDC's website 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 here to view CDC'S Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them
Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them
Fact sheets for parents: Learn more about the 16 diseases that can be prevented with vaccines, as well as the benefits and risks of vaccination
Vaccine Education Center (VEC)
Vaccine Education Center (VEC)
Click this arrow to view VEC's Vaccine Educational Materials
Vaccine Educational Materials
Online ordering for parents and healthcare professionals
Click this arrow to view VEC's Parents PACK Newsletter
Parents PACK Newsletter
Information about the Parents PACK newsletter which contains vaccine information for parents, announcements, articles and vaccine questions and answers.
Click this arrow to view VEC's Vaccines on the Go mobile app
Vaccines on the Go
Free, award-winning mobile app about vaccines
Every Child by Two (ECBT)
Every Child by Two (ECBT)
Click this arrow to visit ECBT's blog about vaccination
Shot of Prevention
ECBT's blog about vaccination issues
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
History of Vaccines
Click this arrow to visit History of Vaccines website
History of Vaccines
Interactive website from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, includes well-researched topics of interest in immunization
Health and Human Services (HHS)
Health and Human Services (HHS)
Click this arrow to visit HHS's 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
Click this arrow to view AAP's Immunization website
AAP’s Immunization website
Information for both parents and clinicians
Click this arrow to view AAP's 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
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
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, the 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)
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Click this arrow to view WHO's Vaccine Safety Websites
Vaccine Safety Websites
Websites meeting essential and important information practices criteria by the WHO
 
More Resources
      FEATURED RESOURCE
Talking with Parents about Vaccines for Infants
Talking with Parents about Vaccines for Infants
Helpful talking points for healthcare professionals
 
      VIDEOS
Video: Talking About Vaccines with Dr. Paul Offit
Talking About Vaccines with Dr. Paul Offit
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: Healthcare Triage: Vaccines and Autism
Video FAQ's for Parents
Short video clips from ECBT: Experts in the fields of immunization and autism answer FAQs for parents.
Videos & PSAs
more videos for parents
Videos & PSAs
more videos for health care 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
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 slide sets
      JOURNAL ARTICLES
Physician Response to Parental Requests to Spread Out the Recommended Vaccine Schedule
Pediatrics, e-published March 2, 2015
The Role of Parental Attitudes and Provider Discussions in Uptake of Adolescent Vaccines
Vaccine
, e-published December 18, 2014
Missed Opportunities for HPV Vaccination in Adolescent Girls: A Qualitative Study
Pediatrics, e-published August 18, 2014
Experiences with Provider and Parental Attitudes and Practices Regarding the Administration of Multiple Injections during Infant Vaccination Visits: Lessons for Vaccine Introduction
Vaccine. August 1, 2014, Vol. pii: S0264-410X(14)01028-7
>> more respoding to parents-related journal articles
vaccineinformation.org
INFANTS
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• Email: nipinfo@cdc.gov
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This page was updated on July 18, 2016
 
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