Information for Providers

Information for Parents

Vaccine Approval and Monitoring

Vaccine Information Statements

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System

Vaccine Administration Errors Reporting

Information for Providers 

Information for Parents 

Vaccine Approval Process and Monitoring

  • The Journey of Your Child's Vaccine
    Learn in words and pictures how a new vaccine is developed, approved and manufactured, then added to the recommended schedule and continually monitored for safety.
  • Vaccine Product Approval Process 
    This Food and Drug Administration site gives an overview of the vaccine approval process.
  • Why it's Important to Monitor Vaccine Safety
    This CDC site provides general information on how vaccines are monitored both before and after licensure.
  • How do Vaccines Work
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia gives a simple explanation of how vaccines work, and how they are made

Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) 

VISs provide risk-benefit information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. Providers must give VISs for all vaccines and toxoids covered by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA). VISs should also be used for vaccines not currently specified in the NCVIA, but available on the CDC VIS website. It is the provider’s responsibility to maintain copies of the most up to date VISs in their office. You can subscribe for email notification when a VIS is updated or a new VIS becomes available at, click on “Get E-Mail Updates,” and enter your e-mail address.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) 

VAERS provides a nationwide mechanism by which adverse events following immunization can be reported, analyzed and made available to the public. Provider must report events as outlined in the Vaccine Injury Table ( ). Providers and the general public can report other events. The instructions for reporting can be found on the VAERS Web site .

Vaccine Administration Errors 

Vaccine administration errors (e.g., wrong route, wrong dose wrong age) should be reported to the Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) via the National Vaccine Errors Reporting Program website:

This information is provided by the Bureau of Infectious Disease within the Department of Public Health.