Vaccines are safe and serious side effects are very rare. Vaccines, like any other drug, are not without some risks. However, unlike other drugs, vaccines are held to a high safety standard since they are given to healthy individuals. Most side effects from vaccines are mild and self-limiting. Vaccines are the safest and most effective tool we have to prevent serious and sometimes fatal diseases like pertussis (whooping cough), measles, tetanus, hepatitis B, diphtheria, as well as others.
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