Vaccine Information Statements
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that VISs be handed out whenever (before each dose) certain vaccinations are given.
Downloadable VISs :
- Multiple Vaccines (DTaP, IPV, Hib, PCV, Hepatitis B, and Rotavirus)
- PCV13 and PCV7
- Yellow Fever
- Mandatory Instructions for Use of the Vaccine Information Statements
- Q&A - VIS Facts
- Important VIS Information
- Do NOT delay vaccination because of absence of VIS
- Download VIS to Patient's Mobile Device
VIS News Information about new, existing, and upcoming VISs (Last updated 4/24/12)
Barcodes are being added to VISs. For information see our VIS Barcodes page.
- Adenovirus [PDF-59KB]
[NOTE: Monovalent 2009 H1N1 vaccines have expired. VISs for these vaccines are no longer available.]
Medical Guide for vaccination with ACAM2000 [PDF-227KB]
This guide is not available in other languages.
- Downloading instructions [PDF-126KB] Updated (2/24/12)
- For more information on VISs, including frequently-asked questions, see these
- All VISs on this page are current.
A VIS with a date several years old is not necessarily out of date. VISs are not updated annually or on any other routine schedule. An updated VIS with a new date is posted when there is a change in recommendations.
- New Hotline Number on VISs
On March 15, 2005, the telephone number for the national immunization hotline changed. VISs posted on this web page contain the new number in the "How can I learn more?" section.
Please replace your camera-ready copies of VISs with these new versions before reprinting.
Note: You do not need to discard your existing VIS stocks; calls made to the old hotline number will be forwarded to the new number. VIS dates have not changed. The new phone number is the only difference between the old VISs and the new ones.
Combination Vaccines:If there is no VIS for a non-routine combination vaccine (e.g., Pediarix, Comvax, Twinrix), use the VISs for all component vaccines.
*VISs in other languages:Download these Vaccine Information Statements in over 20 languages through our partner, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). Foreign language translations of Vaccine Information Statements are coordinated by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) through a cooperative agreement with CDC.
Vaccine Information Statements
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury (NCVI) Act requires that all health-care providers give parents or patients copies of Vaccine Information Statements before administering each dose of the vaccines listed in the schedule. Additional information is available from state health departments.
Detailed recommendations for using vaccines are available from the manufacturers' package inserts, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) statements on specific vaccines, and the 2003 American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book. ACIP statements for all recommended childhood vaccines can be viewed, downloaded, and printed on this web site.
Consult the VAERS site for guidance on how to obtain and complete a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) form or call 800-822-7967.