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If You Vaccinate, Ask 8!

What You Need to Know Before & After Vaccination 

Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, nearly $3.6 billion has been awarded to children and adults for whom the risks of vaccine injury were 100%.  Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks, which can be greater for some than others. NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about the risks and complications of diseases and vaccines and speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision.

• Am I or my child sick right now?
• Have I or my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
• Do I or my child have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems?
• Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for myself or my child?
• Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects?
• Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction?
• Do I know I need to keep a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations?
• Do I know I have the right to make an informed choice?

If you answered yes to questions 1, 2, and 3, or no to questions 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and do not understand the significance of your answer, you may want to explore information on NVIC's website to better understand the importance of your answer. These questions are designed to educate consumers about the importance of making fully informed vaccine decisions. Click here to learn more about the role of informed consent in vaccination.

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