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Immunizations are a cornerstone of the nation's efforts to protect people from a host of infectious diseases and are held to the highest standards of safety. The United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history. Years of testing are required by law before a vaccine can be licensed. Once in use, vaccines are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness.

Like all medicines, there are side effects, or "adverse effects," associated with some vaccines, though they are generally rare or minor. Vaccines have mild side effects, such as pain, tenderness, or redness at the site of injection; and some have rare, but more serious, side effects. Anything that we put into our bodies (like vitamins or antibiotics) can have side effects, nothing is harmless. As health care workers it is our job to address the many myths and misinformation about vaccine safety that can confuse individuals who are trying to make sound health care decisions.

Understanding the proper treatment for a vaccine adverse reaction, procedures for reporting adverse events, and addressing the concerns of our beneficiaries is critical in providing excellent immunization healthcare.

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Clinical guidelines for managing adverse events after vaccination. This document provides general guidance, to adapt to individual clinical cases. Use with companion tables. Patients may present with symptoms corresponding to more than one category. Revisions to this document will be disseminated via medical command channels and posted by MILVAX-VHCN. The probability of events on this chart is not uniform: some are quite common and some are rare. See cover sheets for details.
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This 10-minute video describes the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
Author(s): Niu MT, Ball R, Woo EJ, Burwen DR, Knippen M, Braun MM, The VAERS Working Group
Publication: Vaccine 27 (2009) 290-297
Subject: Vaccine-Safety
Disease: 
Anthrax
Category: 
Adverse Events
Author(s): Wasserman GM, Grabenstein JD, Pittman PR, Rubertone MV, Gibbs PP, Wang LZ, Golder LG
Publication: JOEM Volume 45, Number 3
Subject: Vaccine-Safety
Disease: 
Anthrax
Category: 
Adverse Events
Author(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2000;49(Apr 28):341-5. [reprinted in JAMA 2000;283(May 24/31):2648-9]
Subject: Vaccine-Safety
Disease: 
Anthrax
Category: 
Adverse Events
Author(s): Sever JL, Brenner AI, Gale AD, Lyle JM, Moulton LH, West DJ
Publication: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Subject: Vaccine-Safety
Disease: 
Anthrax
Category: 
Adverse Events