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Like all parents, you want to make the best, most informed decisions for your child. But when it comes to vaccines, do you really have any choice? Take the time to educate yourself about the benefits and risks of vaccines so that you can make the decision that is right for your family.
1. Your doctor is required by law to provide you with vaccine benefit/risk information materials before your child is vaccinated.
Consumer groups, including the National Vaccine Information Center, worked with government health agencies to develop parent information booklets on each mandated vaccine. Ask your doctor for the booklet and take time to read it before your child is vaccinated. You may also ask your doctor to show you the information insert provided by the drug company that manufactured the vaccine(s) your child is scheduled to receive.
2. Your doctor is required by law to keep a permanent record of all vaccinations given, including the vaccine manufacturer's name and lot number.
Ask for a copy of the doctor's record on vaccinations given to your child to keep for your records.
3. Your doctor is required by law to report all adverse events, including injuries and deaths that occur within 30 days after vaccination to federal health authorities.
If your doctor refuses to report a reaction following vaccination, you have the right to report to the government yourself.