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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)
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Handouts on Vaccine Confidence
IAC's collection of handouts for staff and patients
 
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents?
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents?
Sample Vaccine Policy Statement
Sample Vaccine Policy Statement
Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots by Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots by Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
 
Vaccines Work! CDC Statistics Demonstrate Dramatic Declines in VPDs
Vaccines Work! CDC Statistics Demonstrate Dramatic Declines in VPDs
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View All IAC Handouts for Parents
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View All IAC Handouts and Staff Education Materials
Click this arrow to watch A Practical Guide to Improving Adult Vaccination Rates in Your Practice
Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
IAC experts answer challenging questions about vaccines
Click this arrow to view IAC's collection of vaccine information statements
Vaccine Information Statements
VISs are information sheets produced by CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to vaccine recipients
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Unprotected People Stories
Real-life accounts of suffering and loss
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)
Vaccine Safety Monitoring
Vaccine Safety Monitoring
Describes vaccine safety activities conducted by the Immunization Safety Office
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
Understanding Vaccines and Vaccine Safety
Understanding Vaccines and Vaccine Safety
Several fact sheets for healthcare professionals and patients that describe vaccine testing, monitoring, and how vaccines are added to the recommended U.S. immunization schedule
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
Common Vaccine Safety Concerns
Common Vaccine Safety Concerns
Provides links to several web pages where CDC answers common questions parents ask about vaccine safety
Click here to view CDC'S Vaccine Safety Resource Library
Vaccine Safety Resources for Healthcare Providers
Find links to vaccine safety research articles and reports, training information, and clinical resources, as well as resources for patients.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System
Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System
VAERS is a national vaccine safety surveillance program cosponsored by the FDA and CDC.
Vaccine Education Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Vaccine Safety
Vaccine Safety
Covers the following topics: general safety concerns, vaccines and the immune system, vaccines and health condition, and vaccine ingredients
National Academy of Medicine
The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), 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, its 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
Vaxopedia
Vaccine Safety
Vaccine Safety
Describes the process of monitoring vaccines to ensure safety
How Are Vaccines Really Made?
How Are Vaccines Really Made?
Steps involved in manufacturing a vaccine
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Click this arrow to visit The Institute for Vaccine Safety
Institute for Vaccine Safety (IVS)
IVS provides independent assessments of vaccines and vaccine safety
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
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
Over monitoring systems
World Health Organization (WHO)
Click this arrow to view WHO's Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety
Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS)
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
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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: The Journey of Your Child's Vaccine
Video: The Journey of Your Child's Vaccine
Discusses all the steps in how a vaccine is licensed, monitored, and how it becomes a recommendation
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, includes an introduction and commentary by infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Sawyer.
Videos & PSAs
more videos for parents
Videos & PSAs
more videos for healthcare professionals
      POWERPOINT SLIDE SETS
PowerPoint: Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Talking points and resources for busy healthcare professionals
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
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      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
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Vaccine Questions?
• Email: nipinfo@cdc.gov
• Contact:State Immunization Program Managers
 
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This page was updated on January 25, 2020.
This page was reviewed on January 25, 2020.
 
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