The true number of adverse reactions to vaccines is skewed to say the least. The CDC has admitted through their website that inaccurate reporting with spotty information or very little data makes it difficult, if not impossible to follow up on potential vaccine reaction reports. Currently the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is virtually the only way to alert a governing body of this country to a concern about a vaccine’s side effects. The VAERS also has a link to other related web sites where victims or their families may begin the long, drawn out process of trying to obtain monetary compensation for damages related to an immunization. However, families must be vigilant to read all the fine print and settle themselves for long, lengthy paperwork, and lots of red tape.
According to the VAERS website, the system receives about 30,000 e-mail reports 13% is classified as a serious injury. Serious injuries include disability, hospitalization or life-threatening illnesses or death after vaccination. The website claims that 85 to 90% of all reports receipt to the system or describing normal reaction such as fever, your ability, or local redness or irritation at the site of injection. The website does also offer statistical data from year to year, but in order to read it in less degree, to the terms on a previous page with which states that you understand that the majority of these reactions are quotes “circumstantial”.
The system also claims that there is a large majority of information reported annually that is inaccurate. A list of many different reasons for increased reporting claims that there is an increase in reports once a side effect or event has been publicized, or that others are “coincidental”. The site states;
“Some of the reports in VAERS are coincidental to vaccination, meaning they would have occurred even if vaccination had not and they are not caused by vaccination.”
The site does not clarify how they determine whether or not a reaction would have happened regardless of the vaccine. All reactions should be reported to the system–whether the response is mild or severe, and whether the reaction seems “coincidental” or not. The CDC and the FDA are responsible for following reports and both individuals and physicians can feel free to file a report at any time. Make sure when preparing a report to have all pertinent information including full names, addresses, name and address of hospitals if admitted for care, and any product codes or information printed on the label. While not convenient, any product labeling including packaging and inserts should be kept for the valuable information that they contain.
Being prepared and knowing where to go in the event of an adverse reaction to vaccinations is a key factor in helping governing health care organizations understand how many reactions really occur. Recognize the task may be daunting to say the least, and could require hours of personal time and much dedication, but holding on to the determination to report a case could mean the difference for someone’s life.