Parents and Health Care Professionals Have the Power to Protect Young Children through Immunization

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Parents and Health Care Professionals Have the Power to Protect Young Children through Immunization

National Infant Immunization Week: Immunization. Power to protect. Illustration of mother with a baby
Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases can have on a child, a family, or a community. Thanks to vaccines, many of these diseases are not common in the U.S., but they persist around the world. That’s why we need to remind parents that immunizations are still the best way to protect their children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases and to encourage parents to follow CDC’s recommended immunization schedule. We also need to provide parents with resources to meet their information needs about diseases and vaccines.

Resources for Parents

The CDC’s vaccine website for parents was designed for parents with input from parents of babies and toddlers. This site features easy-to-find vaccine information, including:

BulletVaccine safety-related issues

BulletDescriptions of vaccine-preventable diseases

BulletHow to Hold Children during Vaccinations (156KB PDF; get Adobe Reader)

BulletTips for a Less Stressful Shot Visit (168KB PDF; get Adobe Reader)

BulletImmunization Schedules (444KB PDF; get Adobe Reader)

Resources for Health Care Professionals

Health care professionals are consistently cited as parents’ most trusted source of information about vaccines. While immunization rates for young children are at or near record levels, many parents have questions and some have concerns about their child’s vaccines. To meet parents’ need for information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases, the CDC partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians to create Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversation with Parents. Established to provide health care professionals with the tools they need to help parents make informed decisions about their child’s health, the Provider Resources suite of materials includes:

Bullet Tips for talking to parents about vaccines

Bullet Multimedia tools for sharing information

Bullet Materials for parents to help them understand vaccines and vaccine safety

Keep the NIIW Momentum Going

As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) comes to a close, now is a great time to evaluate your efforts, compile lessons learned, and begin thinking about NIIW 2014.

Bullet Invite new partners from your NIIW activities to participate in planning sessions for future events and keep them engaged in your immunization efforts throughout the year.

Bullet Continue to foster and develop community and state immunization champions. Plan to recognize the efforts of your champions through the CDC Childhood Immunization Champions Award in 2014.

Bullet Use resources targeted for parents and health care professionals year round in your educational efforts.

Public Service Announcements, Immunization Baby Book, and print ads
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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