ERIC Number: ED417134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Plain Talk about Childhood Immunizations.
Alaska State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Juneau. Div. of Family and Youth Services.
This booklet provides parents with information about immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases, balances the benefits and risk of vaccination, and responds to inaccuracies or misinformation about immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases. Section 1 presents a message to parents about vaccination. Section 2 offers facts about vaccine-preventable diseases (measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis A and B, and varicella). This section explains that proper immunization saves lives, prevents the spread of disease, and saves money. Section 3 describes how the immune system and vaccines work. Section 4 helps parents understand the importance of vaccinating early rather than waiting to receive any recommended vaccinations. Section 5 answers questions about specific vaccines. Section 6 explains that proper adolescent health care includes immunizations. Section 7 discusses legal requirements and considerations related to vaccinations. Section 8 highlights the safety of vaccines, discussing vaccine approval and monitoring by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Section 9 compares the risks of disease and serious complication to the risk of serious reaction to a vaccine. Section 10 presents news stories about individuals who have contracted diseases because of not being vaccinated. Section 11 presents a list of resources. (SM)
Descriptors: Child Health, Disease Control, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Promotion, Immunization Programs, Parent Responsibility, Preventive Medicine, Public Health, Secondary School Students
State of Alaska, Division of Public Health, Section of Epidemiology, Immunization Program, 3601 C Street, Suite 540, Box 240249 Anchorage, AK 99503; phone: 907-269-8000.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Juneau. Div. of Family and Youth Services.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska