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Are vaccines safe?

Q:Are vaccines safe?


A: Yes. Vaccines are very safe and can prevent serious, even fatal illnesses. Appropriate vaccines are strongly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Like any medicine, vaccines can cause side effects, but they are usually minor and temporary. Serious reactions can also happen, but they’re extremely rare and are carefully monitored and investigated. You are more likely to get sick by a vaccine-preventable disease than by a vaccine.

And remember, vaccines are not just for children – adults need them too. The CDC recommends that throughout your adult life, you need immunizations for protection against:

  • Seasonal Influenza (flu): for all adults
  • Tetanus, Pertussis and Diphtheria: for all adults who have not previously received the Tdap vaccine
  • Shingles: for adults 60 years and older
  • Pneumococcal diseases: for adults 65 years and older and adults with specific health conditions
  • Hepatitis B: for adults who have diabetes or are at risk for hepatitis B

Talk with your doctor to make sure you get the vaccines that are right for you and your family.

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