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Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them

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For Parents of Infants and Young Children (Birth through Age 6)


Share facts and true stories about the 14 different diseases that childhood vaccines help prevent. See basics and in-depth disease fact sheets below.

 

Note: The Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS) is federally mandated to be given prior to the administration of a vaccine. The fact sheets are provided as supplementary materials and can be used in addition to the VIS but not instead of the VIS. A VIS still must be given when a vaccine is administered.

There are 2 versions of each fact sheet. The "Disease Basics" include an overview of each vaccine-preventable disease and vaccine information. "Disease Basics" are available in Spanish as well as English. The "In-Depth Information" sheets use a narrative style and some include a true story about a family affected by a vaccine-preventable disease.

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Selected resources are listed as sources for additional information. Some articles are not readily available to the public, but are available under Selected Resources.

Vaccine-preventable disease
Disease Basics
6th-8th grade reading level
In-Depth Information
10th-12th grade reading level
Chickenpox (Varicella)

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Diphtheria

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Hepatitis A

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Hepatitis B

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Hib

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Influenza (flu)

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Measles

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Mumps

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Updated Oct 2013
Posted Dec 2013

Updated Oct 2013
Posted Dec 2013

Pneumococcal Disease

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Polio

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Rotavirus

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Rubella

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Tetanus

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

Updated Feb 2013
Posted Jun 2013

 

About These Materials

These materials, collectively called Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents, have been developed by CDC, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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