What Information Does the CDC Require for a Vaccine Consent Form?


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There is no vaccine consent form required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or federal government, according to the CDC. State and local regulations vary, so vaccine consent forms are a possibility in some areas.

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Rite Aid Pharmacy requires consent forms for every vaccination, notes the company’s website. The site offers printable versions of the forms for customers to fill out before going to the pharmacy to get shots. California, North Carolina and South Carolina have state-specific consent forms. All other states use the same vaccine consent form. Rite Aid is one of the largest pharmacy chains in the country.

Walgreens, another large pharmacy chain, requires customers to fill out vaccine consent forms. Printable versions of the forms are available on the website, explains Walgreens.

Federal law mandates that health care workers give patients a vaccine information statement before each dose of some vaccines, according to the CDC. These forms are information sheets explaining the risks and benefits of vaccines. Vaccine information statements give advice on what to do if a patient has an adverse reaction to a vaccine and where to get more information about diseases and immunizations. Vaccines requiring vaccine information statements include influenza, shingles and rotavirus, according to the Immunization Action Coalition.

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