Are Immunizations Safe?


Immunizations are really quite safe. There are very small risks of serious problems from immunizations but the protection that they provide far outweigh the risks and temporary discomforts your child may experience. There are some minor side effects of immunizations. Some may cause mild fever, soreness or a lump under the skin where the shot was given. If you have question about immunizations, speak with your family doctor.

Immunization Facts

  • A choice not to get the vaccine is a choice to get the disease.
  • The most important thing is that we keep our children safe and healthy.
  • Lower rater of immunizations results in increased numbers of outbreaks of infectious diseases.
  • Diseases that have been eliminated from the U.S. haven’t necessarily been eliminated from the rest of the world. International travel can bring infectious disease germs to the U.S.
  • Vaccine safety is continually studied and monitored.
  • Vaccines help keep healthy children healthy.
  • More vaccines mean fewer diseases.
  • Getting a vaccination is far safer than natural infection of a disease.
  • The vaccination MMR does not cause autism.

Links About Safety of Immunizations

Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them

Concerns About Vaccine Safety
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Guide to Contraindications to Vaccinations

How FDA Works to Ensure Vaccine Safety
U.S. Food and Drug Administaration

Misconceptions About Immunizations

Responding to Parental Refusals of Immunization of Children
American Academy of Pediatrics;115/5/1428

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
The Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Food and Drug Administaration

What Would Happen if we Stopped Immunizations?

Community Resources for Immunizations:

Community Resources:

  • Utah County Immunization Clinics
  • Utah Vaccines for Children (VFC)




North County WIC Clinic

599 South 500 East
American Fork, UT 84003

801-851-7329 (fax)

Provo WIC Clinic

151 South University Ave Ste 2100
Provo, UT 84601

801-851-7303 (fax)

Orem WIC Clinic

1549 N. State Street, #104
Orem, UT 84057

801-851-7346 (fax)

South County WIC Clinic

910 E 100 N, #175
Payson, UT 84651

801-465-0911 (fax)