Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them

For Parents of Preteens and Teens (7 through 18 years old)

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Each fact sheet addresses frequently-asked questions, including what vaccines are needed for preteens and teens, when they are needed, and why.

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 the fact sheet. The “Basic” fact sheets offer vaccine information in a question and answer format and are available in Spanish as well as English. The “In-Depth” fact sheets use a narrative style and some include a true story about a family affected by a vaccine-preventable disease.

Printed size: 8-1/2″x 11″, 2 pages
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Vaccine-preventable Disease factsheets
Vaccine-preventable Disease
Basic and In-depth Fact Sheets*
Human papillomavirus (HPV) Basic
Influenza (Flu) We are editing the flu fact sheets to reflect 2016-17 flu season vaccine recommendations; in the meantime, see
Meningococcal Basic


Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Basic


*Each basic fact sheet is written at a 6th to 8th grade reading level, in a Q&A format; each in-depth fact sheet is written at a 10th to 12th grade reading level, using a narrative style.


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),external icon and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).external icon

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Page last reviewed: November 30, 2015