Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations


Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations


The “Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations” booklet was developed for parents and provides information about immunizations and the diseases they prevent, the benefits and risks of immunization, assists parents in making an informed decision, and clarifies inaccuracies or misinformation about immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases.

The booklet includes the following information:

  • The facts about vaccine-preventable diseases
  • The immune system and how vaccines work
  • To wait or not to wait
  • Questions and answers about specific vaccines
  • The adolescent visit: Shots aren’t just kids’ stuff!
  • Legal requirements and considerations
  • Vaccine safety
  • Vaccine ingredients
  • Compare the risks: Disease vs. immunization
  • Tips for evaluating immunization information on the internet
  • News stories
  • References
  • Immunization resources


Washington State Department of Health; Public Health—Seattle & King County; Snohomish Health District

Funding Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Washington; Immunization Action Coalition of Washington; Junior League of Seattle; National Network for Immunization Information; Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH); Rotary International; State of Alaska Immunization Program; Whatcom County Health & Human Services


Release Date: 2002
Review Date: 2007
Original Summary: August 2008
Last Updated: 01/14/09

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