Vaccine Safety

"I assure you, vaccines are safe and effective. I’m a father. My kids are vaccinated."
- Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., Commissioner of Health

Decades of research show that vaccines prevent disease. An overwhelming number of studies also show that they are safe and effective. But in recent years, some parents have become concerned that vaccines are more dangerous than the diseases they prevent. An aggressive anti-vaccine movement is fueling their fears. Unfortunately, this has led some parents to delay or avoid vaccinating their children.

It’s also one reason we are seeing the return of so many preventable diseases – like measles, mumps and whooping cough.

Get the Facts

  • Talk to your health care provider about your concerns. Ask if they vaccinate their own children.
  • Make sure the research you rely on is credible (peer-reviewed) and published by respected sources.
  • Know your sources. Trustworthy sources do not hide their identity. They do not threaten or attack people who don't share their views.

Why Vaccinate?

Vaccination is one of the most important things you can do to protect your children. Getting all of their recommended shots on time gives (PDF) them the best protection from serious and sometimes deadly diseases.

Common Concerns

Get answers to your questions:

  • What additives are in vaccines?
  • Do vaccines cause autism, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Guillain-Barre Disease (GBS)?
  • What is Thimerosal?
  • And more…

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