Immunizations are extremely safe and getting safer and more effective all the time, thanks to medical research and public health officials. Immunizations are given to keep people healthy, and are held to the highest safety standards. This does not mean that vaccines are risk-free. All vaccines may have possible side effects. Most of the side effects are mild, such as redness or soreness around the injection site, or a low-grade fever. For more information on possible side effects of specific vaccines, please visit:
According to Paul Offit, MD, Director of the Vaccine Educations Center at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia: "...choosing to avoid vaccines is simply a choice to take a different risk. Unvaccinated children are at risk for many diseases including meningitis caused by Hib, bloodstream infections caused by pneumococcus, pneumonia caused by measles, deafness caused by mumps, and liver cancer caused by Hepatitis B virus. When you compare the risk of vaccines and the risk of diseases, vaccines are the safer choice."
Depending on your travel destination, immunizations may be required. For a detailed list of what is required by other countries, please visit:
Some vaccinations are safe when you are pregnant, while others are not. For guidelines and recommendations on immunizations during pregnancy, please visit:
Always check with your medical provider before you have any immunizations.