Vaccine Safety

We all need vaccines throughout our lives to help protect against serious diseases. Every year, tens of thousands of Americans get sick from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. Immunization is our best protection against these diseases. Vaccines are recommended for children, teens, and adults based on different factors like age, health conditions, lifestyle, jobs, and travel.

CDC and FDA are committed to ensuring that all vaccines are safe and effective. Before a vaccine is approved for use in the U.S., it goes through years of careful testing to make sure it is safe and effective and to determine whether health problems are caused by vaccines. Highly trained scientists and doctors at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluate the results of these clinical studies. FDA also inspects the sites where vaccines are made to make sure they follow strict manufacturing guidelines.

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Once a vaccine is licensed, FDA and CDC continue to monitor its use and make sure there are no safety concerns. Data shows that the current U.S. vaccine supply is the safest in history. Like any medication, vaccines can cause side effects. In most cases, side effects are mild (e.g., soreness where the shot was given) but go away within a few days. Severe, long-lasting side effects from vaccines are rare.

Common Vaccine Safety Questions and Concerns

Each of us is our own best health advocate. Many times, our loved ones depend on us for information and protection too. With so much information – and sometimes incorrect information – available today, learning the facts before making health decisions is very important.

For more information on vaccine safety Visit CDC.gov

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