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Vaccine Safety

Vaccine safety issues are in the news these days, and media stories may lead parents to questions whether vaccines cause diabetes, autism, multiple sclerosis, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or other diseases.  At the web sites listed below, you will find reliable material that will respond to parents' concerns about vaccine safety.

American Academy of Pediatrics:  Timely immunizations for parents.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  Vaccine safety resources are available for both parents and health care professionals.

Immunization Action Coalition:  Reliable sources of information about immunizations, including links to Web sites, phone numbers, and books.                      

Immunization Action Coalition:  This site includes a question and answer section for vaccine preventable diseases, immunization information for infants, children, and adults, a collection of "Unprotected People" stories, and more.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).