VAERS accepts reports of adverse events and reactions that occur following vaccination. Healthcare providers, vaccine manufacturers, and the public can submit reports to the system. While very important in monitoring vaccine safety, VAERS reports alone cannot be used to determine if a vaccine caused or contributed to an adverse event or illness. The reports may contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, or unverifiable. In large part, reports to VAERS are voluntary, which means they are subject to biases. This creates specific limitations on how the data can be used scientifically. Data from VAERS reports should always be interpreted with these limitations in mind.
The strengths of VAERS are that it is national in scope and can quickly provide an early warning of a safety problem with a vaccine. As part of CDC and FDA’s multi-system approach to post-licensure vaccine safety monitoring, VAERS is designed to rapidly detect unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse events, also known as “safety signals.” If a safety signal is found in VAERS, further studies can be done in safety systems such as the CDC’s Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) or the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) project. These systems do not have the same scientific limitations as VAERS, and can better assess health risks and possible connections between adverse events and a vaccine.
Key considerations and limitations of VAERS data:
VAERS data available to the public include only the initial report data to VAERS. Updated data which contains data from medical records and corrections reported during follow up are used by the government for analysis. However, for numerous reasons including data consistency, these amended data are not available to the public.
My woke me up at 2:30 a.m. clutching his chest, crying out in pain, saying, ?Mommy, my heart is hurting!? He couldn?t take a deep breath because of the pain. In addition, he reported severe body pain and was sobbing! I rushed him to the ER, where they did a cardiac work-up, which was unremarkable (I.e., no signs of myocarditis or pericarditis). He was given Tylenol and Ibuprofen, which helped reduce the pain. He?s had to have around the clock Tylenol and Ibuprofen since that time to cope with pain. As of last night he seemed to be feeling better and he was able to take deep breaths without pain. I have never seen my son this symptomatic from any illness or vaccine in his entire life! As an aside, he had side effects following the first dose (I.e., body pain, low grade fever, lethargy, loss of appetite). We have a follow-up with his pediatrician today.
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