The Maine Center for Disease Control is alerting consumers about fake flyers circulating in southern Maine that warn about side effects of vaccines.
State CDC spokeswoman Emily Spencer says the flyers falsely claim to come from the federal CDC.
“The flyers claim to outline a list of what they say is a list of known vaccine side effects. But they don’t provide references or cite any sources,” she says. “These flyers weren’t issued and they’re not endorsed by the Maine CDC or the federal CDC.”
The flyers also list a website address for the federal CDC that’s not active. Spencer says consumers should disregard the misleading flyers, which have been appearing in big box stores. She says vaccines are important to protecting public health, and are thoroughly tested and monitored.