Vaccine Resources to Share with Parents

These materials, most optimized for office printers, provide information to help parents better understand their children’s vaccines. Share with your patients’ parents and caregivers.

Resources are also available in Spanish.

How Vaccines Work
Video: How vaccines work

How do germs make your baby sick?
How do bacteria and viruses make a child sick? And how do vaccines help fight them off? In this How Vaccines Work video, join baby Jack and his parents as they explore how germs make babies sick and how vaccines can help babies’ immune systems fight them off.

Vaccines and your baby's immune system

How do vaccines help babies fight infections?
How do vaccines work with your child’s immune system to fight infections? Join baby Jack and his parents as they find out how vaccines help train your baby’s immune system to help prevent disease in this How Vaccines Work video.

Video: What to expect when your child is vaccinated.

What to expect when your child is vaccinated.
What should parents expect after their child’s vaccine visit? Find out how baby Jack’s mom and dad comfort him after a checkup where he received vaccines in this How Vaccines Work video.

Journey of Your Child's Vaccine
Video - Journey of a childhood vaccine’s development.

The Journey of Your Child’s Vaccineexternal icon
Learn about the journey of a childhood vaccine’s development, from lab testing through safety monitoring. This video explains the three phases of clinical trials, vaccine licensing and manufacturing, how a vaccine is added to the U.S. recommended immunization schedule, and how FDA and CDC continue to monitor vaccine safety after the public begins using the vaccine.

Infant Immunization FAQs
Infant Immunization FAQs

2-page fact sheet and web page offer questions and answers about vaccinating infants and young children.

Parent-Friendly Schedules
Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children (Birth through 6 Years)

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children (Birth through 6 Years)
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Easy to read schedule of recommended immunizations for children from birth to 6 years, with descriptions of vaccine-preventable diseases on back side.

Available on CDC-INFO On Demand
Pub ID: 300181

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Preteens and Teens (7-18 Years)

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Preteens and Teens (7-18 Years)
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Easy to read schedule of recommended immunizations for children from 7-18 years, with descriptions of vaccine-preventable diseases on back side.

Vaccines When Your Child Is Sick
Vaccines When Your Child Is Sick. Fact sheet explains that a child’s mild illness is usually not a reason to reschedule vaccinations.

Fact sheet pdf icon[2 pages] explains that a child’s mild illness is usually not a reason to reschedule vaccinations. (Dec 2014)

Combination Vaccines
Combination Vaccines. Fact sheet explains what combination vaccines are and why they are used.

Fact sheet pdf icon[2 pages] explains what combination vaccines are and why they are used. (Dec 2014)

Well Child Visit Tracker
Well Child Visit Tracker. 2-page document for parent/guardian to record a child’s immunizations, developmental milestones, and growth at each well-child visit.

2-page document pdf icon[2 pages] for parent/guardian to record a child’s immunizations, developmental milestones, and growth at each well-child visit.

Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them
Fact sheets on Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them

Facts and true stories about the different diseases that childhood and adolescent vaccines help prevent; many available in Spanish as well as English.

If You Choose Not to Vaccinate Your Child, Understand the Risks and Responsibilities
If You Choose Not to Vaccinate Your Child, Understand the Risks and Responsibilities

Outlines possible risks for parents who choose to delay or decline a vaccine; offers steps for parents to take to protect their child, family, and others.

Understanding Vaccines and Vaccine Safety
Vaccine safety fact sheets

In-depth fact sheets about vaccine testing, safety, monitoring, and the process for establishing the U.S. immunization schedule.

For Parents: Vaccines for Your Children
For Parents: Vaccines for Your Children

CDC’s vaccine website for parents explains the diseases vaccines prevent, the recommended immunization schedule, possible vaccine side effects, how to comfort a baby during vaccine visits, and more.

Page last reviewed: March 18, 2019