Understanding the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
Published Date:February 2013
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; United States. Food and Drug Administration. ; American Academy of Family Physicians. ; ... More ▼
Description:What is VAERS? -- How are the VAERS data used? -- Vaccines are tested before they are used, so why are there possible unknown side effects? -- Are all events reported to VAERS caused by vaccinations? -- Who can report to VAERS? -- Why should I report to VAERS? -- How do I report to VAERS? -- What events should I report to VAERS? -- How do I find out if a vaccine adverse event has been reported to VAERS?
• The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is one component of the United States’ comprehensive vaccine safety monitoring system.
• VAERS reports are monitored carefully by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
• Reports of adverse events (possible side effects) after vaccination do not mean that the reported problem was caused by a vaccine. Reports are signals that alert scientists of possible cause-and- effect relationships that need to be investigated.
• Anyone can submit a report to VAERS including health care professionals, vaccine manufacturers, vaccine recipients, and parents or family members of people who have received a vaccine.
Adverse events reported to VAERS are not necessarily side effects caused by vaccination. An adverse event is a health problem that happens after vaccination that may or may not be caused by a vaccine. These events may require further investigation. By definition, a side effect has been shown to be linked to a vaccine by scientific studies.
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