Vaccine Safety for Ob-gyns
While vaccines are effective in preventing the spread of disease, there sometimes is concern surrounding their safety. Some patients may express concern about side effects of vaccines, especially your patients who are pregnant or who are thinking about becoming pregnant.
Immunization against seasonal influenza (flu) and other vaccine-preventable diseases is an essential component of women’s prenatal, primary and preventive health care. A key barrier to vaccine acceptance is a lack of knowledge about the benefits and safety of vaccination. For pregnant, adolescent, and adult women, advice and information from a trusted health care provider plays an important role in the decision to get vaccinated. As the primary health care providers for most women, ob-gyns are in a unique position to educate their patients about the benefits of immunization against seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases and to provide them with (or refer them for) all their recommended vaccinations.
Vaccines undergo rigorous testing before they are approved by the FDA and are continuously monitored after approved. Visit this page to learn more about vaccine safety.
Vaccine Safety for Patients
Vaccines help prevent thousands of deaths each year and help keep individuals and their communities healthy. Vaccines approved by the FDA and recommended by ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, part of the CDC) have undergone years of research. If you have more questions about the safety of recommended vaccines, please talk to your healthcare provider or local health department.
Vaccines undergo rigorous testing before they are approved by the FDA and are monitored after approval. Visit this page to learn more about the safety of recommended vaccines.