Provide Vaccine Safety Information

What We Do – Provide Vaccine Safety Information

As you are aware, there has been significant media attention on vaccines and the CIC would like to provide you with information, journal articles, sample talking points and other resources to assist you with understanding the issue so you can appropriately respond to inquiries in your local communities.

For Providers (Flyers)

For Parents (Flyers)


The California Immunization Coalition is committed to providing  useful, up to date and credible resources for local Coalitions to use in addressing issues and concerns about vaccine safety in their local communities.Vaccines are the best defense we have against infectious diseases. However, no vaccine is 100% safe or effective. Differences in the way individual immune systems react to a vaccine account for the rare occasions when people are not protected following immunization or when they experience side effects. It is understandable that parents have questions and concerns regarding vaccine safety and local coalitions can provide an important educational link to the public for dissemination of accurate information to ease concerns.

As infectious diseases continue to decrease, some parents have become less concerned about the consequences of preventable illnesses like diphtheria and tetanus, and instead have become increasingly anxious about the risks associated with vaccines. Since vaccination is such a common, yet memorable event, any illness following immunization may be attributed to the vaccine. Increasing public awareness is necessary to maintain public confidence in immunization programs.

This section offers:

Resources that can be made available to parents and community groups

  • A downloadable version of the California Immunization Branch parent education flyer, How to Comfort Your Child After Shots
  • Resources developed to assist providers in communicating with parents
  • Current information and recent articles on vaccine safety research
  • Four important things to remember when receiving immunizations.

Current information and recent articles on vaccine safety research

Resources that can be made available to parents and community groups

  • Parent education materials, including a list of books for parents and information about two parent education videos. The new “Vaccines and Your Baby,” and “Immunizations: Separating Fact From Fear” can be reviewed and ordered at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia vaccine information website
  • PKIDS (Parents of Kids With Infectious Diseases):
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (click on Health and Medical Information):
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP):


Resources developed to assist providers in communicating with parentsThe Immunization Action Coalition has a catalogue of resources, including posters, videos, and educational materials that can be ordered at

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics website has an immunization section offering AAP’s Comprehensive Immunization Support Program, a compendium of immunization resources and organizations listing national and state-based organizations and resources and a compilation of immunization education resources and tools for parents and clinicians.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • The National Network for Immunization Information (NNII) offers materials for patient education at, including NNII’s comprehensive kit, “Communicating with Patients About Immunization
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Vaccine Education Center offers videos, educational tear sheets in English and Spanish and other materials for providers to use with parents at

Other research resources include 

Four Important Steps to Take When You are Vaccinated Parents and patients should be encouraged to discuss their concerns with their health care provider:

  1. Review the vaccine information sheets that explain the potential risks of each vaccine. Health practitioners are required by law to provide them.
  2. Talk to the doctor about whether certain reactions to vaccines can be controlled. For example, fever may be prevented or reduced by taking acetaminophen before or after the shot.
  3. Let the doctor know if the child, a sibling, or the parent has ever had a bad reaction to a vaccine.
  4. Ask the doctor about conditions under which parents or children should not be vaccinated. This might include being sick or having a history of certain allergic or other adverse reaction to previous vaccines.