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Photograph of a Girl Being Vaccinated Monitoring health problems after vaccination is essential to ensure the United States continues to have the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history.

CDC's Immunization Safety Office identifies possible vaccine side effects and conducts studies to determine whether a health problem is caused by a specific vaccine.

Featured Items

Photo of Baby Being Vaccinated MMR Vaccine Safety
The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is considered very safe; very few serious side effects have been reported.
Photo of Girl and Computer CDC and FDA on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine, Gardasil
Agencies provide information on the safety of Gardasil (July 22, 2008).
Photo of Teen Girls Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
CDC closely monitors the safety and effectiveness of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.
Photo of a boy and a girl CDC Statement on Autism and Thimerosal
Evidence from several studies does not support an association between thimerosal in vaccines and autism.
Syringe Swine Flu and Associated Guillain-Barré Syndrome
A study covering information about the connection between swine flu and GBS.
Photo of CDC researchers as they review incoming data on a computer Rapid Cycle Analysis (RCA)
This active surveillance system is designed to detect adverse events (possible side effects) following vaccination very quickly.
Page last reviewed: August 22, 2008
Page last updated: August 22, 2008
Source: Immunization Safety Office, Office of the Chief Science Officer

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