Educate the Parent or Patient
- Vaccine Information Statements(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html)
- Find VISs translated into other languages
- Resources for educating parents about vaccines for adolescents
- HPV: Answering the Questions Parents May Have
- Sign up(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/index.html) for e-mail alerts to be notified when VISs are updated
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 mandates 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 instructions. These should include information on when to seek medical attention and strategies to decrease side effects such as injection site pain, fever, or fussiness.