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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Immunization resources for health care providers

Health care provider Public Health - Seattle & King County supports health care providers to ensure that their patients are safely and properly vaccinated. Find the latest immunization recommendations, get resources and materials, and identify partnering programs by clicking on a link below.

Did You Know? Medical care providers are eligible for free, federally funded vaccines for uninsured and lower income families' children through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. Learn how to enroll.

[+] Provider education and training - save the dates!
  • You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention
    Produced by WithinReach and Cardea through funding provided by the Washington State Department of Health, this free course provides the most up-to-date information on HPV infection, related disease and cancers, vaccine recommendations, safety and impact, and evidence-based suggestions for successful HPV vaccine communication with patients and parents. Upon successful completion of this CE activity, 1 contact hour (including 1 hour pharmacology credit) will be awarded. Learn more about this training.

  • Coursera
    Dr. Paul Offit’s Coursera course on Vaccines will run beginning on April 13, 2015. It will include a new lecture discussing the recent vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. The course, administered through the University of Pennsylvania, will run for six weeks. Weekly topics will include: A history of vaccines, schedules and common questions, vaccines and the media, case study – the rotavirus vaccine, exemptions, and recent vaccines and outbreaks. The course is free and learners can earn a verified certificate statement of accomplishment. Register today or read more about the course.

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia March 18th Vaccine webinar (archived)
    The archive of Dr. Paul Offit's March 18th webinar is available online. Continuing education credits (CME, CEU, or CPE) can be obtained after viewing the archived event. Topics included: the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine, the 9-valent HPV vaccine and the measles epidemic.

  • March 2015 Communicable Disease & Immunization Update for School Nurses
    Public Health - Seattle & King County's Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Program hosted a webinar for school nurses on March 6, 2015. Topics covered include an overview of local disease outbreaks and immunization recommendations, resources for health care providers and families, and an update on immunization-related legislation. The presentation is followed by a Q & A session. Watch the YouTube video to view the webinar.

  • Save The Date for the 2015 Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Course presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, also known as the "Pink Book Training." It will be held on September 16 – 17, 2015 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA. This two-day course is a comprehensive training on vaccination principles, vaccine‐preventable diseases, and vaccines, relevant for physicians, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, students, and other health professionals who provide immunizations as well as health educators and immunization program managers. Continuing Education credits will be available. Registration and other information is now available online.

  • "You Call the Shots": HPV online training module
    CDC has added a module on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to the web-based training course, "You Call the Shots." This module discusses diseases related to infection with HPV, the groups at highest risk, basic vaccination recommendations, the characteristics of the two HPV vaccines, and more. Continuing Education (CE) credit is available. Learn more about this training. See additional information about other modules in the "You Call the Shots" training series.

  • "You Call the Shots": Influenza training module
    CDC's Immunization: You Call the Shots series of web-based training materials now offers an updated self-study Influenza Module. This Module provides information on influenza disease, the influenza vaccine, and recommendations for vaccine use including information on vaccinating children ages 6 months through 8 years. The Module is free of charge and is intended for healthcare professionals. The training can be found on the You Call the Shots website.

  • "Bringing Immunity to Every Community"
    Every Child By Two (ECBT) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) have announced the availability of a new, dynamic online continuing education course aimed at increasing immunization competency among nurses by offering practical knowledge and skills on vaccine safety and patient communication. A unique aspect of ECBT's continuing education program is that it provides real-life scenarios that will assist healthcare professionals as they interact with individuals who have concerns about vaccine effectiveness and safety. The course provides 2.5 contact hours of continuing education credit. Learn how to view and/or take this online course.

  • California Distance Learning Health Network

  • Distance learning opportunities through the CDC's Public Health Information Network (PHIN)
[+] Recommended immunization schedules
[+] Vaccinating people with specific medical conditions and/or in specific subgroups

Health Advisory: A law passed in 2006 in Washington requires that children under 3 years and pregnant women must be given only thimerosal-free vaccine. Single-dose vials and prefilled syringes are thimerosal-free and for influenza vaccine, are available in the dosage for children age 6 months through 35 months and for children three years and older and adults through Public Health clinics and other providers in King County.

[+] Contraindications, precautions and adverse reactions

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS collects and analyzes information from reports of adverse events following immunization. VAERS encourages the reporting of any clinically significant adverse event that occurs after the administration of any vaccine licensed in the United States. You should report clinically significant adverse events even if you are unsure whether a vaccine caused the event.

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) requires health care providers to report:

  • Any event listed by the vaccine manufacturer as a contraindication to subsequent doses of the vaccine.
  • Any event listed in the Reportable Events Table that occurs within the specified time period after vaccination.

A copy of the Reportable Events Table can be obtained by calling VAERS at 1-800-822-7967 or by downloading online.

Who can report to VAERS?

Anyone can report to VAERS. The majority of VAERS reports are sent in by vaccine manufacturers (42%) and health care providers (30%). The remaining reports are obtained from state immunization programs (12%), vaccine recipients (or their parent/guardians, 7%) and other sources (9%). Vaccine recipients or their parents or guardians are encouraged to seek the help of their health care professional in filling out the VAERS form.

How do I report to VAERS?

You can report by mail, fax or online. You can access the online reporting portal via the link above. If reporting by mail, you can obtain pre-addressed postage paid report forms by calling VAERS at 1-800-822-7967. You may use photocopies of the form to submit reports by mail or fax. You may also download printable copies of the VAERS form as well as other information about the VAERS Program.

[+] Vaccine information and resources
[+] Other immunization resources providers shouldn't be without

Free downloadable publications:


  • 2009 Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 28th edition. American Academy of Pediatrics. The "Red Book" provides a summary of AAP recommendations concerning infectious diseases in and immunizations for infants, children, and adolescents.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases ("The Pink Book"), 11th edition, May 2009. CDC's "Pink Book" provides detailed information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. To order a copy, call the Public Health Foundation at 877-252-1200. Cost is $35.00 plus shipping & handling.

  • Immunization Works Newsletters, CDC.

  • Autism's False Prophets by Paul A. Offit, MD, Columbia University Press, 2008.
    In this book, Offit recounts the history of autism research. He considers the manipulation of science in the popular media and the courtroom, and he explores why society is susceptible to the bad science and risky therapies put forward by many anti-vaccination activists.

  • Baby 411, 4th Edition, by Ari Brown, MD, and Denise Fields, Windsor Peak Press, 2010
    Baby 411 provides the ultimate compilation of Frequently Asked Questions for baby's first year, including a special section on vaccines.

  • Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety, by Martin Myers, MD and Diego Pineda, MS, Immunization for Public Health, 1st Edition, 2008. Do Vaccines Cause That?! provides straight, science-based answers to parents questions about vaccines.


Email, fax and phone numbers:

  • LOCAL: Public Health - Seattle & King County
    • Immunization Program: 206-296-4774
    • Vaccine Distribution Program: 206-296-4782
    • Communicable Disease Hotline: 206-296-4949
  • STATE: Washington State Immunization Program:
    • Main number: 360-236-3595
  • FEDERAL: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Telephone consultation: CDC-INFO Contact Center, staffed 8 am-11pm (EST)
    • English and Spanish: 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
    • CDC Fax Information Service: 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299)