Back to Basics

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How are vaccines evaluated for safety?
Modified AAP Refusal of Vaccination Form
Current Vaccination/Immunization Schedules
Recommendations and Guidelines
Contraindications and Side Effects
How to report an Adverse Event
Manufacturers’ Vaccine Inserts
Ingredients Lists
Immunization Registries and Tracking
Vaccine/Immunization Exemption Information

Current Vaccination/Immunization Schedules (As of January 2010)

Adult Schedule

Pregnant Women

Selective or Delayed Schedules– one example

2 months DTaP, Rotavirus
3 months Pc, HIB
4 months DTaP, Rotavirus
5 months Pc, HIB
6 months DTaP, Rotavirus
7 months Pc, HIB
15 months Pc, HIB
5 years Tetanus booster
10 years Blood tests (called “titer” tests) for measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, and Hep A immunity. If a titer is positive, showing your child acquired immunity through natural exposure, he may not need the shot, but consider vaccinating if not immune.
Also consider a 3-dose polio series if travel to Africa or Asia is a possibility.
12 years Hep B (3 doses)


Recommendations and Guidelines

Regarding multiple vaccines administered simultaneously

Simultaneously administering all vaccines for which a person is eligible is critical, including for childhood vaccination programs, because simultaneous administration increases the probability that a child will be vaccinated fully at the appropriate age.

Depending on vaccines administered in the first year of life, children aged 12–15 months might receive up to nine injections during a single visit (MMR, varicella, Hib, pneumococcal conjugate, diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis [DTaP], IPV, hepatitis A, HepB, and influenza [seasonal] vaccines).

Vaccination providers frequently encounter persons who do not have adequate documentation of vaccinations. Providers should only accept written, dated records as evidence of vaccination. If records cannot be located, these persons should be considered susceptible and should be started on the age-appropriate vaccination schedule.

Immunocompromised Individuals

Contraindications and Side Effects

1996- Last update of Vaccine Side Effects, Adverse Reactions, Contraindications, and Precautions as recommended by ACIP per the CDC Website

In response to concerns about vaccine safety, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 established a no-fault compensation process for persons possibly injured by selected vaccines (3). The Act also mandated that the Institute of Medicine * (IOM) review scientific and other evidence regarding the possible adverse consequences of vaccines administered to children.

More information included in cited MMWR.


How to report an Adverse Event – National reporting system- utilize their online system to report if you or your doctor suspect your child is having a reaction to any vaccination given.

Manufacturers’ Vaccine Inserts

Package Inserts– Provided and compiled by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ingredients and Exipients Lists

Vaccine Media and Excipient Summary Part 1 (6 pages)– Sorted by ingredient

Vaccine Media and Excipient Summary Part 2 (3 pages)– Sorted by vaccine

Immunization Registries and Tracking

Immunization Information Systems Home Page

Research your state’s information and see what is available to you. You may also be able to opt out of this service if you wish to do so.

Vaccine/Immunization Exemption Information

Exemptions by State- map of US
Legal Exemptions to Vaccinations

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