Vaccine Information Statements
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that VISs be handed out whenever (before each dose) certain vaccinations are given.
Printable VISs :
- Multiple Vaccines (DTaP, IPV, Hib, PCV, Hepatitis B, and Rotavirus)
- PCV13 and PCV7
- Yellow Fever
VIS News Information about new, existing, and upcoming VISs (Last updated 9/14/12)
Barcodes are being added to VISs. For information see our VIS Barcodes page.
This VIS may be used as an optional substitute for any or all of the routine birth-6 month vaccine VISs. (DTaP, IPV, Hib, PCV, Hepatitis B, and Rotavirus) See VIS News.
- Adenovirus [PDF-59KB]
Note: Adenovirus vaccine is approved for use only among military personnel.
[NOTE: Monovalent 2009 H1N1 vaccines have expired. VISs for these vaccines are no longer available.]
This medication guide replaces the Smallpox VIS. It is to be used before one receives the vaccination.
Medical Guide for vaccination with ACAM2000 [85KB - 6 pages]
This guide is not available in other languages.
- Downloading instructions [PDF-126KB] Updated (2/24/12)
- For more information on VISs, including frequently-asked questions, see these
- All VISs on this page are current.
A VIS with a date several years old is not necessarily out of date. VISs are not updated annually or on any other routine schedule. An updated VIS with a new date is posted when there is a change in recommendations.
If there is no VIS for a non-routine combination vaccine (e.g., Pediarix, Comvax, Twinrix), use the VISs for all component vaccines.
*VISs in other languages:
Download these Vaccine Information Statements in many languages through our partner, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). Foreign language translations of Vaccine Information Statements are coordinated by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) through a cooperative agreement with CDC.
Vaccine Information Statements
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) requires that patients (or their parent or legal representative) be given, or shown, a copy of the appropriate Vaccine Information Statement prior to receipt of any vaccine listed on the routine childhood immunization schedule.
Detailed recommendations for using vaccines are available from the manufacturers' package inserts, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) statements on specific vaccines, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book. ACIP statements for all recommended childhood vaccines can be viewed, downloaded, and printed on this web site.
Consult the VAERS site for guidance on how to obtain and complete a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) form or call 800-822-7967.
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This page last modified on September 14, 2012
Content last reviewed on July 16, 2012
Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases