Is the physician required to inform parents that the multi-dose vial of influenza vaccine contains thimerosal?

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Is the physician required to inform parents that the multi-dose vial of influenza vaccine contains thimerosal?

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The federal requirement is to provide the Vaccine Information Statement with each dose of vaccine provided. Providers should consult their agency and state immunization program regarding informed consent requirements. If a parent or patient requests information about specific contents of a vaccine, or if you want to check the composition of a vaccine for a substance to which the patient has a severe allergy, that information is available from several resources including: product package insert; CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf; and FDA at http://www.fda.gov/cber/vaccine/thimerosal.htm#t1.

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The federal requirement is to provide the Vaccine Information Statement with each dose of vaccine provided. Providers should consult their agency and state immunization program regarding informed consent requirements. If a parent or patient requests information about specific contents of a vaccine, or if you want to check the composition of a vaccine for a substance to which the patient has a severe allergy, that information is available from several resources including: product package insert; CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf [82KB – 3 pages]; and FDA at http://www.fda.gov/cber/vaccine/thimerosal.htm#t1.

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