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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 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.

These “Disease Basics” fact sheets include an overview of each vaccine-preventable disease and vaccine information. They are available in Spanish as well as English.

Printed size: 8-1/2″x 11″, 2 pages
Commercial printer files available upon request

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 Basic Fact Sheets*
Chickenpox (Varicella) Basic
Diphtheria Basic
Hepatitis A Basic
Hepatitis B Basic
Hib Basic
Influenza (flu) Basic
Measles Basic
Mumps Basic
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Basic
Pneumococcal Disease Basic
Polio Basic
Rotavirus Basic
Rubella Basic
Tetanus Basic

*Each basic fact sheet is written at a 6th to 8th grade reading level, in a Q&A format.


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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