Vaccines are well-tested, safe and effective in preventing serious diseases like polio, measles and pertussis (whooping cough). However, like any type of medications, vaccines may also have side effects. So, it’s understandable that individuals have questions about vaccines; their safety and effectiveness, especially since myths and misinformation about vaccine safety are readily found on the internet and can confuse individuals who are trying to make sound decisions about their own health, as well as children's. Due to the overwhelming amount of information on the internet and the media we want to help answer your questions with accurate reliable information and resources. The following links are reliable and accurate sites for information that you can trust:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Safety
- State of California Department of Public Healthy Immunizations
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center - Vaccine Safety Look in the left hand column of the web page for the Vaccine Safety information.
- American Academy of Pediatrics