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Talking to Patients About Vaccine Safety

  nurse talking to teenager and her mom

Healthcare providers are consistently identified as the most trusted source of vaccine information by parents and patients. Immunization providers should be prepared to discuss the benefits and risks of vaccines using Vaccine Information Statements and other reliable resources. The links below provide information on talking to your patients about the safety of U.S. vaccines, how vaccines work, and common side effects of vaccines.



Talking with Parents about Vaccines for Infants

CDC tip sheet offering communication strategies for successful vaccine conversations with parents and caregivers.




Questions Parents Ask About Vaccinations for Babies [PDF – 375 KB]

Sample answers to commonly asked questions from parents.





Tips and Time-Savers for Talking to Parents about HPV Vaccine

CDC research shows these messages are important to parents when discussing HPV vaccine.





Communicating Safety and Efficacy of HPV Vaccine to Parents and Preadolescents

Medscape continuing education activity for healthcare providers on communication techniques regarding HPV vaccine.



For resources to share with parents, visit the Resources for Parents and Caregivers page.

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