Educate the Parent or Patient

Educate the Patient

Health care personnel should be prepared to provide comprehensive vaccine information. Studies show:

  • A strong recommendation from a health care provider is the single most important factor in determining whether or not someone gets vaccinated.
  • People want clear and consistent information about vaccines.

Vaccine information statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by CDC that explain the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law mandatespdf iconexternal icon that a VIS must be given:

  • To anyone receiving a vaccine or to that person’s parent or caregiver
  • Every time a dose of vaccine is administered, even if the patient has received that vaccine or VIS before
  • Before administering the vaccine to allow time for questions

In addition, be sure to provide after-care instructionspdf iconexternal icon. These should include information on when to seek medical attention and strategies to decrease side effects such as injection site pain, fever, or fussiness.

Page last reviewed: May 7, 2019