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How Do I Make Informed Vaccine Decisions?

Updated April 19, 2023


Q: Which vaccines are safe to give my kids?

A: Before making a vaccination decision, it is important to first ask yourself eight questions. NVIC’s “If You Vaccinate, Ask Eight” brochure will help you think about how to evaluate factors that may place you or your child at risk for suffering a vaccine reaction. As you evaluate vaccines for you or your child, several factors to consider are:

  • Age
  • State of health at the time of vaccination
  • Number and types of vaccines that will be given simultaneously
  • Past history of acute vaccine reactions or serious health problems following vaccination
  • Family history of vaccine reactions, severe allergies, autoimmune or neurological disorders

It is important to review the risks and complications of infectious diseases and vaccines, including reading the vaccine manufacturer product insert before making a vaccine decision. See NVIC’s Diseases and Vaccines pages to learn more. Another valuable resource is NVIC's Informed Consent webpage that explains the importance protecting the human and informed consent right of voluntary vaccine decision-making.

Our Reforming Vaccine Policy & Law: A Guide is an illustrated 55-page guide published in 2014 by NVIC that gives an overview of why vaccine safety and informed consent protections should be secured in all U.S. vaccine policies and laws. This unique information and vaccine choice advocacy resource helps you educate your friends, family, legislators and community leaders about vaccine science, policy, law and the importance of protecting informed consent rights in America. Download your copy today!

We have also made shareable digital materials available on our Ask 8 Vaccine Information Kiosk, where you will find everything from downloadable posters and brochures to embeddable web badges for your website.

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