Has your child had a bad reaction to a vaccine or what you think is a vaccine injury?
The CDC advises that "all significant adverse events that occur after vaccination of adults and children, even if you are not sure whether the vaccine caused the adverse event" be reported.
What if your doctor won't report the vaccine reaction?
While unfortunate, you can simply report the vaccine reaction yourself.
Health care providers are required to report:
- Adverse events that are listed by the vaccine manufacturer as a contraindication to further doses of the vaccine.
- Adverse events that are listed in the VAERS Table of Reportable Events Following Vaccination that occur within the specified time period after vaccination.
And keep in mind that VAERS isn't the only way that the safety of vaccines is monitored, which should be reassuring to those who believe that vaccine reactions are under-reported. And remember that VAERS' reports did help us quickly find the problems with the older rotavirus vaccines (increased risk of intussusception).
For more information:
- Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Report an Adverse Event
- About VAERS
- Instructions for Completing the VAERS On-Line Form
- VAERS Frequently Asked Questions
- VAERS a Few Things We Need to Discuss
- Vaccine Safety Monitoring Monitoring | Ensuring Safety
- Vaccine Side Effects and Adverse Events
- Diagnosing Vaccine Injuries
- Vaccine Safety Datalink