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Vaccine Information

This page lists all of the Vaccine Information Statements for each vaccine near the bottom of the page.
If you need these in another language, please see the CDC's page on Vaccine Information Statements.  
Recommended Vaccine Schedule from the CDC.
If you are interested in state vaccine requirements, click on Kansas or Missouri.
Below are links to vaccine information sites to learn more about the diseases prevented by vaccines as well as sites that address specific concerns.

Vaccine-preventable Diseases

This site from the Immunization Action Coalition has pictures of children with vaccine-preventable disease as well as information about the problems these diseases cause.  Any parent considering not immunizing their child should look at this website.  Americans have a sense of security that these diseases will not affect their child, but they are still possible and vaccines are an important method to stop children from harm.

Immunizations and Diseases

The Center for Disease Control is an excellent resource for many health and safety topics, from birth defects to breastfeeding to immunizations and diseases.  Travelers can follow the links to their destination to see which immunizations and medications are recommended for their trip.  

The CDC also has a short video answering the most common questions parents have about vaccines and their safety. has a huge database of common questions, how vaccines work, tips for keeping records of your child's vaccines, and more. 

Campaign for Vaccines

Vaccinate Your Baby is an awareness campaign for vaccines.  Their site has news and information for parents who want to learn the truth about immunizations and how to protect their children against vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has a web site page on vaccine education, vaccine safety regarding thimerosol and mercury. They also have a Vaccine YouTube channel of several helpful videos.

A list of resources has been compiled by

Vaccines Save Lives is a video from documenting how vaccines save lives. It shows the timeline of vaccine development, how vaccines work, what goes into a vaccine, the recommended vaccine schedules, and a discussion of vaccine myths.

Voices for Vaccines is a parent led group that supports vaccines. They share evidenced based information and allow parents to join in the pro-vaccine movement.

Many parents fear the HPV vaccine due to things they've heard or read. This vaccine is safe and has been studied thouroughly. Please read Questioning Whether To Get Your Child the HPV Vaccine if you have concerns.

Religious and Ethical Concerns with Vaccines

Use of aborted fetuses
Use of pork in gelatin
Summary of Religious Views on Vaccines

Autism and Vaccines

Here is more information from the CDC on vaccine safety

The National Network for Immunization Information provides information on vaccines and autism.

The CDC provides a question and answer page that may be helpful in answering your questions.

Listen to Dr Paul Offit discuss the vaccine safety concerns (about 30 min) here.  Dr Offit is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation, discusses the debate over vaccines and why the link between autism and vaccines has been discredited. His book Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All explains the origins of the anti-vaccine movement and how it has affected public health

Please read the "Related Documents" at the bottom of the page if you are interested in the studies that investigate the link between immunizations and autism and how to interpret the facts in this "dilemma".


The Skeptical Raptor has a searchable page covering many aspects of vaccine safety and other concerns.

Dr. Stuppy has written about tips to make the shot less painful in Vaccines Don't have to hurt as much as some fear

Aluminum in Vaccines:  All concerns about ammonia in vaccines are addressed in this handout from Children's Hospital of Philidelphia: Aluminum in Vaccines: What you should know.

HPV vaccine has a lot of negative press about it, but there are many good articles giving the facts.

Meningitis vaccines cause confusion because one type is recommended for all tweens and teens and the other is only recommended for high risk people and allowed for the majority of teens. Some colleges require only one, some require both. The category that the Meningitis B vaccine is in isn't used very often, so it confuses patients and doctors. Dr. Stuppy explains what it means in Alphabet Soup of Meningitis Vaccines: ACWYB- what does it mean? 

FluMist is being re-introduced in 2018. Learn more

Vaccine Ingredients: If you want to read more about ingredients used in vaccines, such as gelatin, monophosphoryl lipid A, egg, yeast,  formaldehyde, and more, please see Vaccine Ingredients: What you should know.

Vaccine Information Sheets (VIS)

Vaccine information sheets are available in English and other languages from these links.
  • Chickenpox: Varicella
  • Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis:  DTaP
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B:  Hib
  • Human Papillomavirus:  Gardasil9
  • Influenza: InjectableIntranasal (nose spray)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella:  MMR
  • Meningococcal (MCV4  for meningococcal ACWY recommended at 11 yrs and 16 yrs)
  • Meningitis B (permissive use for over 16 yrs of age)
  • Pneumococcal Conjugate:  PCV 13
  • Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (high risk people only):  PPV23
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus  
  • Tdap: Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis
  • Td: Tetanus and diptheria
  • Typhoid: For children over 6 years, we prescribe the oral vaccine. The injectable form for children under 6 years is not given in our office and we refer to travel clinics. These are vaccines for high risk people who will be traveling to at-risk countries.
  • Yellow Fever: not given in our office, high risk/travel vaccine

Pregnancy and Vaccines

For information on vaccine recommendations during pregnancy visit the Immunization Action Coalition's Pregnancy Page and speak with your obstetrician. 

Related Documents

Videos on Vaccine Topics

Pediatrician experts from around the country, including Dr. Ari Brown, author of the 411 series of books, along with infectious disease experts, actress Amanda Peet, and parents of children with autism discuss what diseases are prevented with available vaccines, the current vaccine schedule, alternate vaccine schedules, recent court rulings on vaccines, and who should not receive vaccines for medical reasons. 

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