September 16, 2019
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Maine CDC warns of misleading flier regarding vaccines

Community Author: Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Mainers of a flier that appears to come from the federal Center for Disease Control. The flier claims to outline a list of “known vaccine side effects” without providing references or citing any sources. Additionally, the website listed as CDC.org is not an active website, nor is it supported by the federal CDC. The fliers are known to have been circulating through big box stores in Southern Maine, and they were not issued or endorsed by the Maine CDC or federal CDC.

“Misleading fliers such as these are concerning — especially when that information pertains to something as important to public health as vaccines,” said Maine CDC Director Dr. Bruce Bates. “I encourage anyone who comes across one of these fliers to disregard it.”

In the United States, vaccines are thoroughly tested and then continuously monitored to ensure ongoing safety. Immunizing yourself and your children will help protect you, them, and your community from contracting vaccine-preventable diseases.

For information regarding vaccine side effects,  visit: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm

For information regarding Maine’s Immunization Program,  visit: www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/immunization/