Addressing Common Concerns
Myths and misinformation about vaccine safety can confuse parents who are trying to make sound decisions about their children's health care.
Vaccination is a common, memorable event, and association of events in time often signals cause and effect. While some of the sickness or reactions that follow vaccination may be caused by the vaccine, many are unrelated events that occur by coincidence after vaccination. Therefore, the scientific research that attempts to distinguish true vaccine adverse events from unrelated, chance occurrence is important.
- Fainting (Syncope)
- Febrile Seizures Following Childhood Vaccinations
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
- IOM Report on Studies of Health Outcomes Related to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule
- IOM Report on Adverse Effects of Vaccines
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- CDC statement on narcolepsy following Pandemrix influenza vaccination in Europe
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and Menactra® Meningococcal Vaccine
- Hepatitis B (Hep B) Vaccine and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- HPV Vaccine Safety
- Multiple Vaccines and the Immune System
- Syncope (Fainting) After Vaccination
- Thimerosal (Ethylmercury)
- Vaccine Recalls
- Vaccine Safety
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