Vaccine safety references

The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) recently added a list of vaccine safety references with brief overviews of each study’s findings to its website. The new webpage, easily found at, is the result of a collaboration between Dr. Stanley Plotkin, Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, and Heather Bodenstab to offer a repository of vaccine safety references for those who may be asked to address these issues either with their patients or more formally, in court. The page is divided into topics and includes links to related pages on the VEC website. In addition, the references, with summaries, are also listed on the appropriate pages of the VEC website.

Vaccines and fevers

The Special Topics sheet, titled Vaccines and Fevers: What You Should Know, was recently updated. If you have not seen this Q&A before, it addresses the following questions:

  • What is a fever?
  • Which methods are most accurate for measuring a fever?
  • What are some causes of fever?
  • When is a fever harmful to a child?
  • What medications or supportive care can a family use to reduce fevers?
  • Is there any harm in treating fevers?
  • Why do vaccines cause fevers?
  • How should families manage fevers related to vaccines?
  • Should I give my child medication to prevent a fever before a vaccine visit?
  • When should I see a doctor for fever?

Special Topics Q&A sheets can be photocopied, linked on your websites, shared through social media, or offered to your patients and families in print version. If you wish to order printed versions, contact us at to place a special order. While Special Topics sheets are not listed on our order forms, we can work with you to arrange special printings as needed.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.