Do you have a copy of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in your office? The CDC recently released the 14th edition. More commonly known as “The Pink Book,” this is an excellent source of information about vaccine administration as well as individual vaccines and the diseases they prevent.

While the contents are available online, you can’t go wrong having a hard copy in an easy-to-access location for quick reference by any staff member. In addition to summary boxes in the columns, the book also has space for writing notes, and the information presented in the appendices, in and of itself, makes having a quick-reference copy worthwhile. For example, ever wonder which packaging includes latex? What about ingredients in each vaccine? How many versions of a particular vaccine are available? Vaccine names in other languages? All of these are covered in Appendix B alone! Other appendices address the schedule and recommendations (Appendix A), vaccine information statements (Appendix C), and vaccine safety (Appendix D).

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.