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The Pink Book: Course Textbook - 13th Edition (2015)

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This  illustration depicts the influenza virus. Graphic created by Dan J. Higgins, Division of Communication Services, CDC

The 13th Edition Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, a.k.a. the "Pink Book," provides physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and others with the most comprehensive information on routinely used vaccines and the diseases they prevent.

Six appendices contain a wealth of reference materials including: vaccine minimum ages and intervals, current and discontinued vaccines, vaccine contents, foreign vaccine terms, and more.

To view online or download to print specific sections, see links below.

- Order a bound copy from the Public Health Foundation Learning Resource Center.

- Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases Webinar Series


Table of Contents

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Front Matter

This book was produced by the Communication and Education Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is solely responsible for its content. It was printed and distributed by the Public Health Foundation. For additional copies, contact the Public Health Foundation at 877-252-1200 or website.

E-mail address for comments, questions or suggestions about the contents of this book.


Edited by:

Jennifer Hamborsky, MPH, MCHES
Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH
Charles (Skip) Wolfe

Suggested citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. Hamborsky J, Kroger A, Wolfe S, eds. 13th ed. Washington D.C. Public Health Foundation, 2015.

Disclaimer: Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the Public Health Services or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of these sites. URL addresses were current as of the date of publication.

The editors would like to thank Dr. William L. Atkinson, who summarized, standardized and compiled CDC’s vaccine-preventable disease and vaccine teaching materials to create the Pink Book.

He just thought it up and did it.

        - Apocalypse Now

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