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VACCINE SAFETY

Currently, there is no FDA-approved or authorized vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19.

However, preparation and education as we anticipate this vaccine in the future is important.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place to facilitate development and ensure the safety, effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 vaccines. 

Read about the vaccine product approval process.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused healthcare providers to change how they operate to continue to provide essential services to patients. Ensuring immunization services are maintained or reinitiated is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks and reducing the burden of respiratory illness during the upcoming influenza season.

Vaccines play an important role in keeping us healthy, and it is normal to have questions. Once you have the information you need, make sure that you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccinations — they’re your best shot against serious, preventable illness. 

ARE VACCINES SAFE?

Vaccines are safe and effective. Because vaccines are given to millions of healthy people — including children — to prevent serious diseases, they’re held to very high safety standards.

Every licensed and recommended vaccine goes through years of safety testing including:

  • Testing and evaluation of the vaccine before it’s licensed by the FDA and recommended for use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Monitoring the vaccine’s safety after it is recommended for infants, children, or adults

Read more here.

 

HOW DO VACCINES WORK?

Vaccines are very effective — and they’re the best protection against many serious diseases. Most people who get vaccinated will have immunity (protection) against the disease.

Before a vaccine is recommended for use in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure that it works — and that it’s safe. Learn more about vaccine safety.

Since vaccines were invented, the number of babies and adults who get sick or die from vaccine-preventable diseases has gone way down — and some diseases have been wiped out altogether in the United States.

Read more here.

 

WHAT IS IN A VACCINE?

Each ingredient in a vaccine serves a specific purpose. For example, vaccine ingredients may:

  • Help provide immunity (protection) against a specific disease
  • Help keep the vaccine safe and long lasting
  • Be used during the production of the vaccine

Read more here.