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This book was produced by the Communication and Education Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was printed and distributed by the Public Health Foundation.

For additional copies, contact the Public Health Foundation at 877-252-1200 or website.

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Edited by

Elisha Hall, PhD, RD

A. Patricia Wodi, MD

Jennifer Hamborsky, MPH, MCHES®

Valerie Morelli

Sarah Schillie, MD, MPH, MBA

Layout and Design of print version by

Peggy Dana

Suggested Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. Hall E., Wodi A.P., Hamborsky J., et al., eds. 14th ed. Washington, D.C. Public Health Foundation, 2021.


The findings and conclusions in this book are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the Public Health Service or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of these sites. URL addresses were current as of the date of publication.


The editors would like to thank Skip Wolfe, who thoughtfully conceived, executed, and managed the Pink Book appendices.

The editors would also like to thank Dr. Kathy Towers-Solis for supporting the Pink Book through each new edition and promoting its importance for the public health workforce providing immunizations.

Finally, the editors would like to thank Dr. William L. Atkinson, who summarized, standardized, and compiled CDC’s vaccine-preventable disease and vaccine teaching materials to create the Pink Book.

He just thought it up and did it.

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