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  • Documenting Vaccination

Is it required to use a Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) in an emergency room when we give Td/Tdap to a patient?

Yes. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act requires that a VIS be given to people of any age before they receive a dose of any vaccine included in the Act. Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (and pertussis vaccine) are included in the Act. If the patient is unaccompanied and unable to clearly read and understand the information in the VIS (e.g., the patient is unconscious), this should be noted in the patient’s chart.

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