CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are standardized information sheets that objectively communicate the benefits and possible adverse reactions to a multitude of vaccines. VISs are developed by the staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and undergo intense scrutiny by panels of experts for accuracy. Each VIS provides the patient with all required information regarding the indication, risks, benefits and other information specific to the vaccine.
Required Under Federal Law
Under federal law, all healthcare providers are required to provide the appropriate current Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) prior to administering the vaccine to a child or an adult. The child’s parent, legal representative, or adult representative must receive the document before the vaccine is administered. In addition, adults must also receive a VIS prior to being administered a vaccine. Healthcare providers also must document the date the vaccine was given, as well as the edition date of the VIS.
How to Access Vaccine Information Statements
To assist you with these requirements, you can find a direct link to the CDC VIS website, www.immunize.org/vis directly below. On the direct link, you will find a copy of the federal regulation as well as a VIS for every vaccine in more than 30 languages. Please note that the CDC periodically updates VISs, so you should check back frequently to ensure you are handing out the most current version of the VIS.
CDC Vaccine Information Statements Website
Information Sheet to Print and Post
For your convenience, we have also provided you with a flyer that explains the federal law, defines VISs, and outlines general requirements to post in your offices.
Federal Regulation Information Sheet (PDF)