Vaccine Safety Overview

While vaccines are effective in preventing the spread of disease, there sometimes is concern surrounding their safety. Some patients may express concern about side effects of vaccines, especially your patients who are pregnant or who are thinking about becoming pregnant.

Immunization against seasonal influenza (flu) and other vaccine-preventable diseases is an essential component of women’s prenatal, primary and preventive health care. A key barrier to vaccine acceptance is a lack of knowledge about the benefits and safety of vaccination.

For pregnant, adolescent, and adult women, advice and information from a trusted health care provider plays an important role in the decision to get vaccinated. As the primary health care providers for most women, ob-gyns are in a unique position to educate their patients about the benefits of immunization against seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases and to provide them with (or refer them for) all their recommended vaccinations. 

Vaccines undergo rigorous testing before they are approved by the FDA and are continuously monitored after approval.

Visit the following pages to learn more about vaccine safety:

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