Ever wonder how vaccines work? What they contain? If they are safe? This list of questions links to straightforward answers from the NNii resource kit Communicating with Patients about Immunization.
- How do we know that vaccines work?
- Is it better to be naturally infected rather than vaccinated?
- Because of better hygiene and sanitation, hadn't diseases already begun to disappear before vaccines were introduced?
- During an outbreak, aren't the majority of people who catch a disease those who have been vaccinated?
- If vaccine-preventable diseases have been virtually eliminated from the United States, why do American children need to be vaccinated?
Adverse Events that Follow Vaccination
- Are vaccines safe?
- What does the FDA do to ensure that vaccines are safe?
- How are vaccines tested?
- How is the safety of vaccines monitored?
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
- What is the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)?
- What is the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) Project?
- Are there "hot lots" of vaccines that have been associated with more adverse events than others?
- Are some people more susceptible to adverse reactions than other people?
- If one person in a family has an adverse reaction to a vaccine, will other members of the family also have the same reaction?
- Can vaccines cause permanent adverse events, such as long-lasting impairment, or death?
- If a person may have been harmed by a vaccine, what does the federal government do about it?
Vaccine Research and Development
- What is a vaccine made of? Are any of the ingredients in vaccines harmful?
- Are vaccines made from animal tissue safe? Can they transmit infectious agents to people?
Vaccine Recommendation Policies
- Who sponsors the research and development of a new vaccine?
- Is enough research conducted before vaccines are licensed by the Food and Drug Administration?
- Does the research process end when a vaccine is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration?
- Do any of the people who serve on federal advisory committees receive research support from pharmaceutical companies?
School Immunization Laws
- Who decides which vaccines should be routinely recommended for children and adults?
- Why does the government require that certain vaccines be given to children?
- Are there legal consequences for parents if they choose not to vaccinate their children?
State Vaccine Requirements
Immunization Doses and Schedules
Click here to go to the state requirements database.
- Who decides which vaccines children should receive?
- Are infants too young to get vaccinated?
- Does giving a child multiple vaccines for different diseases at the same time increase the risk of harmful side effects?
- Is it okay for parents to decide not to give their children certain vaccines?
- To reduce the chance of side effects, is it acceptable for a child to receive a half dose of a vaccine?
The Immune System and Vaccines
- What are vaccine registries?
- Some states are creating vaccine registries. Why is this necessary?
Alternatives to Vaccines
- How do vaccines work?
- Do vaccines "use up" or overload the immune system in infants or children?
- Do vaccines weaken the immune system?
- Doesn't breastfeeding offer babies natural protection?
- Are there natural remedies (e.g., herbs, vitamins) or approaches (e.g., homeopathy) that can be used in lieu of manufactured vaccines?