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  • Influenza
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When administering influenza vaccine, is giving patients a vaccine information statement (VIS) mandatory or is it only “recommended”?

Giving patients an influenza Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) is mandatory under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. The VIS must be given to all adults as well as to parents or guardians of children prior to vaccination. Two VISs are available, one for live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) and one for inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) and recombinant vaccine (RIV). Each can be found at in multiple languages. The current influenza vaccine VISs are dated August 6, 2021.

The latest VIS for all vaccines plus translations in multiple languages are located on the website

Last reviewed: September 10, 2023

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