Patient Education

Resources for your practice, patients and their families.  Find handouts to print directly from your computer or those which you can order online to help your patients understand the importance of immunizations.  Check with the CDC website for the most updated support materials.

Physician Colleague Outreach Letter – Endorsed with nine professional society logos on letterhead.  Ready to send (Updated May 2012 by AAP).

Dear Colleague/Dear Patient – Sample letter encouraging vaccination to protect vulnerable infants – could easily adapt letter and send to patients of Family Practitioners, Obstetrics or Pediatric Practices.

Pertussis Vaccination Recommendations 2010 – California Department of Public Health (2010).  Good summary and also outlines priority populations for vaccination.

Pertussis Cocooning Handbook – “A Physicians Guide to Successful Pertussis Prevention”, Texas Department of State Health Services, August 2011.

Vaccine Recommendations and Guidelines – Reminder Systems & Strategies for Increasing Vaccination Rates in Adults (CDC Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases – modified March 2011).

Child, Adolescent & “Catch-up” Immunization Schedules (Details For Health Care Professionals)  - Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years. These schedules summarize recommendations for routine vaccines for children ages 18 years and younger.  The recommended immunization schedules for persons ages 0 through 18 years and the catch-up immunization schedule have been approved by the ACIP, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Immunization Schedule for Adults (those 19 years and older) – The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations (CDC July 2012).

Standing orders for administering DTaP to children younger than age 7 years – Technical content reviewed by CDC 2008.

Standing orders for administering Td/Tdap to children ages 7 years and older – Technical content reviewed by CDC 2011.

Standing orders for administering Tdap/Td to adults – Technical content reviewed by CDC (date not given).

Link to each State Health Department website – Last updated and reviewed Sept 2011 by CDC.

School vaccination points of contact by state – Compiled on CDC website.

Tdap booster requirements for secondary schools – Organized by state.  The table was compiled by the Immunization Action Coalition using information provided by state health departments and last updated May 2011.

DTaP – Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)

Tdap or Td – Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)

Tdap: What you should know – Provided by the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Center is an educational resource for parents and healthcare professionals composed of scientists, physicians, mothers and fathers who are devoted to the study and prevention of infectious diseases. The Center does not receive support from pharmaceutical companies. (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Vaccine Education Center Fall 2011).

Pertussis: Questions and Answers – Information about the disease and vaccines for parents and patients (Immunization Action Coalition content last reviewed Nov. 2010).

Why Get Vaccinated Against Whooping Cough Flyer

Pregnant Women Pertussis Patient Flyer

Kid Friendly Pertussis Fact-Sheet

Grandparents – Protect Yourself and Your Grandbaby flyer

Parents – Protect Yourself and your Children flyer

Pertussis is Spreading in Your Community – Ready to print, simple flyer.

Non-Vaccinating Parent Handout – If you choose not to vaccinate your child, understand the risks and responsibilities.

Free vaccination related downloads – Free vaccine educational materials are available for download from this page.  Healthcare professionals interested in ordering office materials, there are convenient ways to submit order. They encourage you to order free prescription pads to refer patients to view materials online.  (Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Reviewed by Dr. Paul Offit,M.D. Feb. 2012).

Patient education print materials for pertussis – Posters, billboards, fact sheets, flyers and booklets (CDC last reviewed August 2012).