Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Many parents have questions about their children’s vaccines, and answering their questions can help parents feel confident in choosing to immunize their child according to the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule. CDC, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) created Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents to help healthcare professionals assess parents’ needs, identify the role they want to play in making decisions for their child’s health, and then communicate in ways that meet their needs.
These resources are intended to help health care professionals start or continue conversations with parents. They include proven communication strategies and tips for effectively addressing questions from parents, fact sheets on vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccine safety, as well as information for parents who choose not to vaccinate. There is also a video featuring a CDC pediatrician answering tough vaccine questions and much more.
These Provider Resources are based on formative research, informed by risk communication principles, and reviewed extensively by subject matter experts.