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About Red Book® Online

The Authority on Pediatric Infectious Diseases from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Red Book Online celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2023 by taking a look back at the first edition of the Red BookRed Book was one of the earliest medical books to have a distinct online site, just a few years after medical journals began to have an online presence. Red Book Online is the home to the latest content, plus important information about infectious diseases outbreaks, shortages, and vaccines. Red Book Online is an AAP member benefit. Read more about Red Book Online's 20th Anniversary: Red Book Online marks 20 years as must-have pediatric infectious diseases resource

Red Book®

Since its first publication in 1938, Red Book® has become a truly indispensable pediatric resource. It continues to set the standard for quality, authority, and value. Red Book® Online extends beyond the print edition to provide instant access to pediatric infectious disease solutions not available anywhere else. It includes the most reliable and clinically relevant content on more than 200 childhood infectious diseases and is the quickest and easiest way to keep pace with all the latest developments and clinical guidelines at the point of care.  Red Book Online launched in 2003. 


Red Book® Online features include

  • The complete text of the current Red Book® in 5 easy-to-navigate sections
    • Section 1: Active and Passive Immunization
    • Section 2: Recommendations for Care of Children in Special Circumstances
    • Section 3: Summaries of Infectious Diseases
    • Section 4: Antimicrobial Agents and Related Therapy
    • Section 5: Antimicrobial Prophylaxis
  • Outbreaks: Information and resource links for current infectious disease outbreaks
  • Online updates and news
  • Current immunization schedules, vaccine shortage updates, and influenza resource page
  • Expanded Visual Library—a collection of more than 2,700 context-sensitive pop-up images
  • Archived access to past editions of Red Book®
  • Ready-to-use slides for teaching and printing

Access is easier and faster than ever with our state-of-the-art digital platform.

  • Robust searching—utilizing the latest in semantic search technology.
  • Responsive design adjusts automatically to your favorite device.
  • Clean look and feel with improved site navigation.
  • Streamlined log-in process for easy access at the point of care.

About the Red Book® – General Information

History of the Red Book

SPECIAL FEATURE: Red Book Editors Through The Ages | Pediatrics Article

Contact & Ordering Information

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The Experts

Committee on Infectious Diseases, 2018–2021


History of the Red Book®

Excerpt from "A History of the American Academy of Pediatrics: June 1930-June 1951" by Marshall Carleton Pease, BS, MD

"Immunization Procedures" (1938) [now known as the "Red Book"] has appeared under a varying list of titles, such as "Immunization and Therapeutic Procedures for Acute Infectious Diseases" (1939), "Therapeutic Procedures for Acute Infectious Diseases and on Biologicals" (1943), etc. "Immunization Procedures" first appeared as an eight-page booklet (1938). With each succeeding publication its size was expanded, until by 1948 eighty-four pages were required to briefly cover the material which it seemed necessary to include between its covers. The series of eight issues quite accurately mirrors the rapid increase in the therapeutic agents which were considered necessary for the successful treatment of acute infectious diseases, between 1937 and 1948.

Excerpt from "American Academy Of Pediatrics: The First 50 Years (1930-1980)" by James G. Hughes, BA, MD, FAAP

A mimeographed report was first put out by this committee [the Committee on Immunization and Therapeutic Procedures for Acute Infectious Diseases, now known as the Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID)]. The succeeding year, 1938, the report was published in pamphlet form and a revision of the pamphlet was made almost every year. There was immediately a great demand for the pamphlet from physicians, students, health departments, teachers, pharmaceutical houses, etc. The publishing and distribution of the pamphlet was financed by the Academy Central Office from a pamphlet and publication fund that was created by the Executive Board in 1962. The publication is now known as the Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book)....

Red Book® Editors Through the Ages


John A. Toomey


8 editions

John J. Miller


2 editions

Aims McGuinness


1 edition

Edward C. Curnen


1 edition


Alex J. Steigman


1 edition


Franklin H. Top


3 editions


Alex J. Steigman


2 editions

Jerome Klein


1 edition

Georges Peter


5 editions

Larry K. Pickering


5 editions

David W. Kimberlin


3 editions

Source: 2001 Tales From the Red Book, prepared for the 43rd Pediatric Symposium in Long Beach, California

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International Red Book® Editions

The Red Book print edition and other American Academy of Pediatrics educational products are available in the following regions from the distributors indicated (each distributor may not carry all AAP products, contact distributor for details).

To speed fulfillment of your order, customers in these regions should place orders through these distributors. Product prices and refund policies may vary. Only credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX) will be accepted. No personal checks or bank drafts.

English Edition

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Red Book Online?

Red Book Online is the authoritative pediatric infectious disease resource from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of more than 67,000 board-certified pediatrician members dedicated to the health of all children. Red Book is the report of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, which is published every 3 years and contains AAP policy for immunizations, medications, and the diagnosis, treatment, and management of over 200 infectious diseases. The site also contains over 2,700 images for diagnosis, news, updates, and resources such as the Vaccine Status Table.

How do I access Red Book Online?

Red Book Online is accessible via computers and mobile devices. Most content requires an individual or institutional subscription or AAP membership. Individuals can subscribe via shopAAP. Mobile users with wireless Internet access (WiFi or cellular data) can simply open from their mobile device browser and access the mobile-optimized site.

Institutions, practices, and others seeking multi-user access can subscribe by submitting the Site License Inquiry Form or by contacting or (888) 227-1775 (+1-847-434-4049).

How do I log in?

Individual users log in using their e-mail and password—if you are a member of the AAP or if you subscribe to other content, such as Pediatrics or Grand Rounds journals, or PediaLink, your AAP login (e-mail address) and password are the same.

Institutional/practice-based subscribers can be automatically authenticated by IP address, OpenAthens, or referring URL; depending on the administrator. When you are authenticated, the welcome in the upper right will display your name or institution’s name.

How do I use Red Book Online?

The quickest way to find content is via search. However, all content is also accessible via the homepage, the top navigation menu, and the footer links.

How do search results work?

All search results display in the main search results window; a column on the left shows all the sources of content. Click on a content source to only see results from that resource.

How does Red Book Online stay current?

The AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID) and AAP staff closely monitor new relevant research, policy, publications, and news, and develop and post updates for the site.

How do I get Technical Support or provide feedback?

Complete the Contact Us form with your information, question, and detailed information about the problem/error or feedback and we will respond to you.

How do I request permission?

Please contact our Permissions Department at or use the Get Permission link in the content toolbar to complete a request through Copyright Clearance Center to use content such as tables and images in your publications and presentations.

About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP is a professional membership organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

The AAP is committed to principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in its publishing program. Editorial boards, author selections, and author transitions (publication succession plans) should be designed to include diverse voices that reflect society as a whole. Editor and author teams are encouraged to actively seek out diverse authors and reviewers at all stages of the editorial process. Publishing staff are committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of publication writing, review, and production.


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