Red Book®: 2018-2021 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases

Red Book®: 2018-2021 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases
31st Ed.
2018 © American Academy of Pediatrics
David W. Kimberlin MD, FAAP
ISBN-10: 1-61002-146-0 / ISBN-13: 978-1-61002-146-3
eISBN-13: 978-1-61002-147-0
ISSN: 1080-0131
Pediatrics, Evidence Based Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Public Health


Extending an 8-decade tradition of excellence, Red Book provides the most reliable and clinically useful information on the manifestations, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of more than 200 childhood infectious diseases.

The 31st edition provides evidence-based guidance to practicing clinicians on pediatric infections and vaccinations based on the recommendations of the committee as well as the combined expertise of the CDC, the FDA, and hundreds of physician contributors

Red Book® is an indispensable reference for pediatricians and pediatric infectious disease specialists and is useful for family medicine and emergency medicine physicians as well. Public health and school health professionals, medical residents, and students also will find it a high-yield source of pediatric infectious disease and vaccine information.

The book is divided into sections that cover;

  • • Active and passive immunization
  • • Recommendations for care of children in special clinical circumstances
  • • Summaries of infectious diseases
  • • Antimicrobial agents and related therapy

New in Red Book 2018:

  • • All chapters were assessed for relevance given the dynamic environment in pediatric medicine today and every chapter has been modified since the last edition
  • • 3 new chapters added (Chikungunya, Coagulase-Negative Staphylococcal Infections, and Zika)
  • • Standardized approaches to disease prevention through immunizations, antimicrobial prophylaxis, and infection-control practices have been updated throughout
  • • Recommendations for the use of doxycycline have been liberalized
  • • References to evidence-based policy recommendations have been updated throughout
  • • Appropriate chapters have been updated to be consistent with 2018 AAP and CDC vaccine recommendations, CDC recommendations for immunization of health care personnel, and drug recommendations from 2018 Nelson's Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy

Doody's Reviews

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Score: 98/100
5/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 3 Health Sciences - Infectious Disease
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"I always have a copy of the latest Red Book in my office and it is the go-to staple for anyone seeing pediatric patients. This edition is no exception. There is just no other comparable resource available on pediatric infectious diseases."

-- Maria Alkureishi, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine) Doody's Review

"The Red Book is an essential reference for pediatric practice. The 30th edition provides timely updates on infectious diseases in an accessible and engaging format for busy clinicians. The online version keeps the full content readily available from anywhere. This is an unparalleled resource in both content and authority for pediatric infectious diseases knowledge, from diagnosis to management and prevention."

-- Kari Simonsen, MD (University of Nebraska Medical Center) Doody's Review previous edition

"Considered by many the quintessential resource and reference for clinical practice."

-- Emerging Infectious Diseases - previous edition


This book is a must for anyone seeing pediatric patients in a clinical setting. It should be on the desks of everyone who cares for children, from nurses and midlevel providers to physicians and trainees. As a busy practicing inpatient and outpatient provider, I turn to the Red Book often to either inform or direct my patient care or to use it as an educational tool for my trainees.

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