Only One Percent of Vaccine Reactions Reported to VAERS

Only One Percent of Vaccine Reactions Reported to VAERS

Story Highlights

  • The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) was created by Congress in 1986 as part of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.
  • Although health care providers are required by federal law to report specific vaccine reactions to VAERS, less than one percent of adverse events following vaccination are reported.
  • Doctors, medical workers, adult patients and parents of minor children can report a vaccine reaction to VAERS.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) was created by Congress under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and became operational in 1990 in response to growing public concern about the safety of vaccines, particularly the DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) vaccine.1

VAERS is jointly operated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Since VAERS began collecting reports in 1990, as of Nov. 14, 2019 there have been 8,087 vaccine-related deaths reported and about 47 percent of those death reports were for children under the age of three.2 There have been 17,394 reports of permanent disability following vaccinations, with about 30 percent occurring in children under age 17, while about 40 percent are in adults between 17 and 65 years old.3

Significant Under-Reporting to VAERS

A 2011 report by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated that fewer than one percent of all vaccine adverse events are reported to the government:4

Although 25% of ambulatory patients experience an adverse drug event, less than 0.3% of all adverse drug events and 1-13% of serious events are reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. Low reporting rates preclude or slow the identification of “problem” drugs and vaccines that endanger public health. New surveillance methods for drug and vaccine adverse effects are needed.

There have been 8,087 vaccine-related deaths reported to VAERS, but that number likely represents only one percent of the total number of deaths that have actually occurred and the real number may be 808,700 vaccine–related deaths. Similarly, 17,394 reports of permanent disabilities have been reported to VAERS, but that number likely is closer to 1,739,400 vaccine-related disabilities.

Although the 1986 Act legally requires doctors and other medical workers who administer vaccines in the U.S. to report vaccine reactions, Congress did not include legal penalties in the law for those who refuse to comply with the reporting requirement.5 Therefore, VAERS is really a “passive” reporting system because there is no mechanism to compel compliance and hold vaccine administrators accountable for failing to report serious health problems, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths that occur after vaccination to the government.

In addition, many vaccine reaction reports that are submitted to VAERS are incomplete, inaccurate or open to misinterpretation, especially those that are submitted by vaccine manufacturers. A 2009 study published in JAMA on “Postlicensure Safety Surveillance for Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Recombinant Vaccine,” found that VAERS has data analysis limitations that include “underreporting, inconsistency in the quality and completeness of reported data, stimulated reporting due to extensive news coverage and reporting biases.” Researchers stated:

A further limitation of VAERS reports after qHPV [quadrivalent HPV vaccine] is that a large proportion (68%) come from the manufacturer and most of these reports (89%) do not include sufficient identifying information to allow medical review of the individual cases. For example, when additional clinical information was available for review, approximately one-half of the cases of GBS and transverse myelitis were not confirmed.6

Obstacles to Vaccine Reaction Reporting to VAERS

Several factors have been cited as potential barriers to accurate reporting of vaccine reactions to the government:

  • Doctors, nurses and other vaccine providers are not aware it is a legal requirement to report health problems that occur after vaccination to VAERS;
  • Vaccine providers either are unsure about what types of clinical symptoms need to be reported or dismiss serious health problems that follow vaccination as unrelated to the vaccine(s) recently given;
  • The VAERS “Table of Reportable Events” is specific to each vaccine and requires vaccine providers to take the time to become familiar with the vaccine product insert to report “events described in manufacturer’s package insert as contraindications to additional doses of vaccine;”7

Also, there may be confusion about how to report a possible reaction, or an objection to spending the perceived time and effort it takes to report an event to VAERS.8 Reporting requirements also vary with the type of vaccine reaction, as well as by vaccine, and adverse events that occur after receipt of newer vaccines are more commonly reported than those that occur with vaccines that have been used for many years. One study reported,“68 percent of cases of vaccine-associated polio are reported to VAERS, but only four percent of MMR-associated thrombocytopenia are reported.”9

A proposed solution to underreporting of vaccine reactions has been to include a “proactive, spontaneous, automated adverse event reporting imbedded within EHRs [Electronic Health Records] and other computerized medical records and vaccine tracking systems.10

Anyone Can File A VAERS Report

If a doctor or medical worker, who has administered a vaccine, either does not recognize a vaccine reaction or refuses to make a report to VAERS, an adult patient or  parent of a minor child who has developed a serious health problem after vaccination can make a report.

According to VAERS, the information needed to fill out the report includes:11

  • Patient information (age, date of birth, sex)
  • Vaccine information (brand name, dosage)
  • Date, time, and location administered
  • Date and time when adverse event(s) started
  • Symptoms and outcome of the adverse event(s)
  • Medical tests and laboratory results (if applicable)
  • Physician’s contact information (if applicable)

Following is more information about identifying, reporting and preventing vaccine reactions:


References:

1 National Vaccine Information Center. National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. NVIC.org.
2 MedAlerts. Search Results: Found 8,087 Cases Where Patient Died. Accessed Dec. 9, 2019. 
3
MedAlerts. Search Results: Found 17,394 Cases where Disabled.
4 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. Electronic System for Public Health Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. AHRQ 2011.
5 VAERS Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Report an Adverse Event to VAERS. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
6 Slade BA, Leidel L, Vellozzi C, Woo EJ et al. Postlicensure Safety Surveillance for Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Recombinant Vaccine. JAMA 2009; 302(7): 750-757.
7 VAERS. Table of Reportable Events Following Vaccination. Mar. 21, 2017.
8 Lazarus R. Electronic Support for Public Health-Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS). Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. 2011.
9 Braun M. Vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS): usefulness and limitations. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
10
VAERS. Report an Adverse Event to VAERS. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

7 Responses to "Only One Percent of Vaccine Reactions Reported to VAERS"

  1. Richard Sacks   January 10, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    When the truth is radically different than what the media, government agencies and medical industry have been telling us for decades, even people who suspect what is really going on are hesitant to say it straight out like it is. So I’ll do it for you. Vaccines are a murderous scam, with zero redeeming qualities. They don’t entail “risk,” they carry guaranteed damage (not the same thing) as Dr. Moulden was openly explaining to the public before he was killed. The continuing hoax is all based around the lie that there is a correlation between antibody count and real-life immunity. This is false. Many people with practically no antibodies have great immunity, and conversely many with high antibody counts, including after vaccination, have very poor immunity, and often get the disease from the vaccine itself.

    Medical personnel, media personalities and government agency officials who have been “educated” in medical school or university programs, in which students memorize phrases like “safe and effective” and “true, true, unrelated.” and then think this memorization equates to real learning, often think they are doing a good thing by promoting vaccines. They don’t realize they are serving a criminal cartel.

    Much higher up the chain of command are the high-level drug company executives and the bosses above them, who understand vaccines have no value and instead maim and kill kids and adults alike, but they are happy to do it for money and power. Still higher up in the real power structure are those who know it is part of a larger agenda whose origin and people orchestrating its implementation are Satanic. At that level, money is not any part of the motivation. Rather it is part of a systematic ritual sacrifice.

    Those who are brave enough to learn fully where this is going and where it’s coming from have a responsibility to end it. At this point, my assessment is, that cannot be done by force. But there are more powerful and more subtle ways that still could do it. The result will depend on reaching those committing the crime and waking them up so they can no longer participate. This would save lives and potentially start a snowball effect.

    There are ways this could be done. If you are courageous enough, you could become part of the solution. If you’re still saying, “vaccination is basically good and I’m not against it, I just want it to be safe and to have a choice,” then you don’t grasp what is going on. Vaccination is a weapon against kids and adults alike, no benefits, only harm. Those at the top of the system are mass murderers, and that is their conscious intent. But even they are actually human underneath their mountains of programming, believe it or not. There are ways to still have a chance to reach them and wake them up. You are never supposed to find out the real extent of the conscious evil behind vaccination or the many parallel programs that are equally deadly, and you are also never supposed to find out there is still a possible solution.

    My suggestion: find out, learn how it works, don’t believe half truths like there is some benefit to vaccines, because that is false. Then learn exactly where the weak point in all these programs is (not just for vaccines), and learn how to play your part. It is demanding. It is worth it. Time is passing quickly. Don’t waste it.

    Richard Sacks, Host
    Lost Arts Radio
    Independent health scientist since 1965
    Essene teacher and private health consultant

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  2. MJ Raichyk, PhD Mathematician & Decision Analyst   January 11, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Did you know that there was a 2010 study by a division of HHS that said that 2.6% of vaccinations result in adverse reactions on average..

    According to the CDC, from 2006 to 2016 over 3.1 billion doses of covered vaccines were distributed in the U.S.. so 310 million per year, which means EIGHT MILLION ADVERSE REACTIONS PER YEAR…

    That study took the longterm records of the 700 thousand patients in an MA HMO and did a cluster analysis to identify HOW MANY PATIENTS GIVEN VACCINES WERE REQUIRING MEDICAL ATTENTION [hospital, doctors etc] WITHIN 30 DAYS of the shot…

    Here’s the identity of the study, it’s research authors and their results
    https://healthit.ahrq.gov/ahrq-funded-projects/electronic-support-public-health-vaccine-adverse-event-reporting-system

    The CDC STOPPED CO-OPERATING with the STUDY AUTHORS WHEN THE RESULTS EMERGED… guess we have to make the SYSTEM the authors developed to do this automated reporting happen… OURSELVES….

    I found the lead author now down on faculty at a univ in Australia but my next move is to press on my congress person and see what he can do about this….

    Trump’s EO on vaccines for the military MAKES VACCINE SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY …

    and Trump is pushing for MODERNIZATION… so let’s push that way as well… WHO CAN OBJECT TO MODERNIZATION OF SUCH AN OLD PRACTICE…

    Demand BEST PRACTICES like this automated alerting SYSTEM for HMOs AND THE VA… push hard…. ttyl

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  3. Feathara   January 11, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Before I go into my story, I have a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering so I have a science background, know how to research, know how to think for myself, and know how to ask questions and solve problems. I have come to find out, there is a mindset among other people who detest my kind and want to silence us. My dad instilled in me that doing the right thing is often times the hardest thing. I also have observed in human behavior over the years that most people will go with the path of least resistance.

    My daughter suffered a seizure after her 2 month vaccines, Pediarix. Her Kaiser Dr. gave us a page of common vaccine reactions and seizure wasn’t on that list. 3 days later at 3 am, she goes into a full blown seizure – foaming at the mouth, eye rolling back in the head, stiff as a board. We rushed her to the Kaiser ER. They scolded us for driving and not calling ER. I used to be in the fire department so I am no dummy. It was faster for us to drive at 3am than to wait 10mins for 911 response. Anyway she was in ICU for 3 days and they found no reason for the seizure. Luckily, a Dr. from Stanford that was visiting the Kaiser hospital stopped by and saw me distraught. I questioned her on what may of happened and she told me “there is another side to vaccines. You will want to read up on”. Then she left.

    I went home and read on the internet about vaccine reactions before Google came into being and made it harder to find the pages I found back in 2005. I took my questions to her Kaiser Pediatrician and I was literally laughed and insulted out of the exam room. She refused to “entertain” any of my questions. I was shocked and found NVIC. Kaiser pediatric paperwork also asks you ridiculous invasive questions like do I own a gun and do I co-sleep with my baby. I was lectured on how I was going to kill her. After that visit, that Kaiser Pediatrician had the head of the Infectious Diseases dept call me repeatedly leaving scary messages. I was a new mom and was scared out of my mind and alarmed that the “experts I relied upon would not answer mere questions I had”. I began reading books upon books and sunk well over 1,000 hours of research into medical opinions on vaccine reactions.

    NVIC helped me find a supportive ND and we paid out of pocket for this pediatrician because no Kaiser MD was found to be supportive of our concerns. They all parroted the same mantra, “for the greater good you must be vaccinated.”

    Things went on in life until my daughter turned 4 and my ex and I split up due to him living a double life and a big custody battle ensued. I looked at him incredulously when he asked the court to mandate vaccination for her. Outside the court room, he told me if I conceded to him, he would back off on that and of course I did not concede. The court mandated that we get together and decide on a vaccination schedule. Unreal to me that he could have held our seizing baby in his arms and yet hate me so much to attempt to mandate her being vaccinated to get me to back down from the current custody battle. He ended up dropping the issue once I won custody. This world is cruel.

    California canceled the philosophical and religious exemptions a few years ago forcing me to leave the ND and find a supportive MD. There aren’t that many but I found 1. Got my medical exemption for her and I thought I was good to go. Unfortunately in 2019, California gutted the medical exemption and made it near impossible to get one – making the exemptions only good for one grade span and any Dr writing more than 4 exemptions per year will be brought before the Medical Board. Lucky for me, my daughter already was enrolled in high school. But we will see if the school will harass me next year due to their misunderstanding of what was just passed. It is talked about that the schools don’t need to have the vaccine status submitted unless it is a certain grade span year, 7th grade being the last required. This has not been the case for me. We moved to another city and when I went to enroll her in 8th grade, they demanded I give them a copy of the exemption even though they got it in her transferred 7th grade records already. Later, for 9th grade enrollment in high-school, they demanded my exemption even though we didn’t move! This goes beyond random harassment. It is a carefully orchestrated and pointed effort to go after we who don’t assimilate.

    My gun is still in a safe place unfired all these years and she slept with me until she was 4 so obviously I didn’t smother her. She has been sick perhaps 2 times in her entire life. My daughter is almost 15 and is one of the healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally people I know. I have a hard time telling my story because I don’t want to become a target and the school forces me to vaccinate her. Homeschooling is not an option I have due to custody issues. I feel alone. I will even have to send my daughter out of state to go to college because California colleges demand vax records. On top of this I am a single mom that had to recreate my life and I don’t have engineering wages so this one issue has been and will be financially impacting me.

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  4. Yosef   January 12, 2020 at 12:56 am

    I thought of reporting an adverse event more than once but the details asked were too much and I didn’t have the patient information in front of me, and I was not going to do it at work where the main doctor may see, so I can understand how many barely have the time to see patients and won’t look to follow up on such ‘inconveniences’ on their own time. Shame.

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  5. Richard Hugus   January 12, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    The comment above from Richard Sacks is right. Vaccines are not being pushed on us just out of the incompetence of doctors or the greed of pharmaceutical companies. At this point we must assume that the people pushing the vaccine agenda know and approve of vaccines causing harm. At that point we begin to understand who we are dealing with, and have a better ability to fight back.

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  6. Thomas Braun RPh   January 13, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    What does it take to stop this madness. Adam Schiff demanded that Amazon remove all anti-vax documentaries from their catalog. They DID! The heartache and pain that parents experience coupled with the child’s life being permanently harmed is madness that must be stopped. When the vaccine manufacturers manipulate our Congressman in DC both Republican and Democrat to ignore the voices in pain and have legislation passed to award their over the top vaccination program for profit and not good health speaks volumes why we need term limits in Washington. Our medical leadership doesn’t have the guts to speak out on the issue because they will be marginalized and lose their “leadership” role in medical circles. Shame on them! Dr. Wakefield is their poster child that put the fear in their hearts.

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