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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.


Visit the  Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) for current Vaccine Information Statements. You will find VISs in over 20 languages, including English.



IMPORTANT: By federal law, all vaccine providers must give patients, or their parents or legal representatives, the appropriate Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) whenever a vaccination is given.





Basic Information about VIS


What is a Vaccine Information Statement?
A Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) is a document produced by CDC. VISs inform vaccine recipients - or their parents or legal representatives - about the benefits and risks of a vaccine. The law requires that providers give a VIS whenever certain vaccinations are given.

Who must give out VISs?

All providers of vaccines, both public and private sector.

Why must VISs be used? 

It is a requirement of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.

When must VISs be given out?

They must be given out at the time of each vaccination - prior to administration of the vaccine.

Which VISs must I use?

A VIS must be provided for any vaccine that is covered by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, listed at the website below.

Content drawn from CDC website. For additional information please visit the  CDC's website