SRA International, Inc., a leading provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations was awarded an $18 million contract, by the FDA and CDC, to support the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). SRA has supported FDA’s VAERS program since 1999.
What is VAERS?
VAERS is a national vaccine safety surveillance program that collect’s reports from vaccine manufacturers, providers, and recipients regarding possible side effects, or adverse events licensed in the United States. VAERS searches and reports to detect new, unusual, or rare vaccine adverse events. The program monitors the increase in known adverse events as well as identifies potential patient risk factors for particular types of events.
In addition, the program also identifies vaccine lots with increased numbers or types of reported adverse events as well as assess the safety of newly licensed vaccines. This program is used by the FDA to gather and analyze reports regarding vaccine-related adverse events.
How will the Contract Improve VAERS?
According to an SRA statement, under the contract SRA will apply a wide range of skills and expertise to support the system including application development and maintenance. Along with data processing/management, medical coding, clinical research, information technology and outreach to the public, vaccine manufacturers and immunization programs.
Kamal Narang, vice president of SRA’s health group, said the company aims to support “the government in responding to the challenges created by newly licensed vaccines, evolving vaccinations schedules, and emergency immunization campaigns.”
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