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Vaccine Safety

Vaccine Safety

Currently, the United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history. A long-standing vaccine safety system ensures that vaccines are as safe as possible. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures the safety, effectiveness, and availability of U.S.-approved vaccines.
Vaccine Safety Resources
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Click this arrow to view IAC's parent handouts
Handouts for Parents
IAC's collection of handouts for staff and patients
Evidence Shows Vaccines Unrelated to Autism
Evidence Shows Vaccines Unrelated to Autism
Adults: Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions
Adults: Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions
Child & Teen: Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions
Child & Teen: Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions
 
After the shots...what to do if your child has discomfort
After the shots...what to do if your child has discomfort
>> view all handouts for parents
Click this arrow to watch A Practical Guide to Improving Adult Vaccination Rates in Your Practice
Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
CDC's experts answer challenging questions about vaccines
Click this arrow to view IAC's collection of vaccine information statements
Vaccine Information Statements
VISs explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine
Click this arrow to view IAC's collection of unprotected people reports
Unprotected People Reports
Real-life accounts of suffering and loss
IAC's website for the public - vaccineinformation.org
Click this arrow to view the vaccine safety websection on vaccineinformation.org
Vaccine Basics: Vaccine Safety
The Vaccine Basics web section on vaccineinformation.org provides information about importance of vaccines and answers many common questions about vaccines and getting vaccinated
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC: Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Click this arrow to view CDC's Addressing Common Concerns
Addressing Common Concerns
Links to more information about specific vaccine safety concerns and FAQs
Click this arrow for CDC's Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines in the United States
Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines in the United States
Fact sheet gives an overview of the systems in the U.S. that regulate and monitor vaccines during development, manufacturer, and clinical use.
Click here to view CDC'S How Vaccines Are Tested and Monitored
How Vaccines Are Tested and Monitored
Overview of vaccine research from development to post-marketing monitoring
Click here to view CDC'S Why It's Important to Monitor Vaccine Safety
Why It's Important to Monitor Vaccine Safety
Describes monitoring process and system to ensure the safety of vaccines
Click here to view CDC'S History of Vaccine Safety
History of Vaccine Safety
Overview describes NCVIA, how safety is monitored pre- and post-licensure, and how risks are communicated to the public
Click here to view CDC'S Vaccine Safety Resource Library
Vaccine Safety Resource Library
Publications and resources by vaccine safety activity and by year
Click here to view CDC'S Understanding How Vaccines Work
Understanding How Vaccines Work
Fact sheet provides basic information about the immune system and describes the types of vaccines
Vaccine Education Center (VEC)
Vaccine Education Center (VEC)
Click this arrow to view VEC's Vaccine Safety
Vaccine Safety
Covers the following topics: general safety concerns, vaccines and the immune system, vaccines and health condition, and vaccine ingredients
Click this arrow to view VEC's Parents PACK Newsletter
Parents PACK
Possessing, Accessing and Communicating Knowledge (PACK) about vaccines
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP's Immunization Website
Click this arrow to view AAP's Vaccine Safety
Vaccine Safety
Overview of vaccine safety and related resources
Every Child by Two (ECBT)
Every Child by Two (ECBT)
Click this arrow to visit ECBT's overview of vaccine safety and related resources
Are They Safe?
Overview of vaccine safety and related resources
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Click this arrow to visit The Institute for Vaccine Safety
Institute for Vaccine Safety
IVS provides independent assessments of vaccines and vaccine safety
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
History of Vaccines
Click this arrow to view Vaccine Side Effects and Adverse Events
Vaccine Side Effects and Adverse Events
Types of side effects and how adverse events are monitored
Click this arrow to view Vaccine Development, Testing, and Regulation
Vaccine Development, Testing, and Regulation
Overview of government oversight of vaccines, approval process for new vaccines, and post-licensure monitoring systems
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
The Institute of Medicine is an impartial group of the world’s leading experts that advises Congress on science issues. After reviewing more than 200 studies in 2004 and more than 1,000 studies in 2011, the consensus report strongly stated that the evidence did not show a link between vaccines and autism.
Click this arrow to view the 2011 IOM study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality
2011 Study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines - Evidence and Causality
Click this arrow to view the 2004 IOM study: Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism
2004 Study: Immunization Safety Review - Vaccines and Autism
>> view IAC's collection of publications and resources from IOM
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Click this arrow to view FDA's Vaccine Safety
Vaccine Safety
Resources and activities related to vaccine safety
Click this arrow to view FDA's Understanding the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
Understanding the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
Information for parents
World Health Organization (WHO)
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Click this arrow to view WHO's Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety
Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety
GACVS meets twice a year to discuss and report on vaccine safety issues
Click this arrow to view WHO's Vaccine Safety Websites Meeting Good Information Practices Criteria
Vaccine Safety Websites Meeting Good Information Practices Criteria
Websites reviewed by WHO that adhere to the credibility and content criteria of good information practices
More Resources
      FEATURED RESOURCES
Infographic: The Journey of Your Child's Vaccine
Infographic: The Journey of Your Child's Vaccine
Before a new vaccine is ever given to people, extensive lab testing is done that can take several years. Once testing in people begins, it can take several more years before clinical studies are complete and the vaccine is licensed.
 
      VIDEOS
Video: An Overview of Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
Video: An Overview of Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
Learn more about how the safety of vaccines are monitored in the United States.
Video: Addressing Vaccine Hesitant Parents
Addressing Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
This set of role-playing videos, available for viewing either as one video or a series of clips, include an introduction and commentary by infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Sawyer.
Videos & PSAs
more videos for parents
Videos & PSAs
more videos for health care professionals
      POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
PowerPoint: Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Talking points and resources for busy healthcare professionals
PowerPoint: Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Help parents who question vaccines; references provided
>> more PowerPoint presentations
      JOURNAL ARTICLES
Safety and Immunogenicity of a Quadrivalent Intradermal Influenza Vaccine in Adults
Vaccine, February 25, 2015, Vol. 33(9):1151-9
Safety of Measles-containing Vaccines in 1-year-old Children
Pediatrics
, February 2015, Vol. 135(2):e321-9
Integrating Safety and Efficacy Evaluation throughout Vaccine Research and Development
Pediatrics, April 18, 2011
>> more vaccine safety-related journal articles: pre-licensure
>> more vaccine safety-related journal articles: post-licensure
      VACCINE SAFETY MONITORING ACTIVITIES
Vaccine Monitoring Activities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) Network
CISA was established in 2001 as a collaborative project between the Immunization Safety Office, six medical research centers, and America's Health Insurance Plans
Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) Project
VSD project is a collaboration between CDC and eight large managed care organizations to monitor immunization safety
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
VAERS, a cooperative program of CDC and FDA, collects information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of US-licensed vaccines
FDA Sentinel Program
FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research has launched several projects within Sentinel to improve postlicensure safety surveillance of vaccines and other biologics
vaccineinformation.org
INFANTS
PRETEENS
TEENS
ADULTS
GLT
GRT
 
Vaccine Questions?
• CDC-info: 800.232.4636
• Email: nipinfo@cdc.gov
• Contact: Program Managers
 
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This page was updated on May 11, 2015
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