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The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System houses the reports of people who have been injured by vaccines. This database is one of the main tools the government uses to monitor vaccine injuries.

What is VAERS?

VAERS is a governmental vaccine surveillance program. After a vaccine is approved for use, VAERS is one way the CDC and FDA monitor the ongoing safety of a vaccine. Every year, VAERS receives an average of 30,000 reports, and about 13 percent of these reports are categorized as serious. Serious adverse events involve vaccine reactions leading to death, life-threatening sicknesses, hospitalization or disability.

These serious adverse reactions can change your life forever. In addition to living with the pain of your vaccine injury, you may be unable to work and you may find yourself physically impaired. If you lost a loved one to a vaccine injury, you may be dealing with emotional anguish and torment, in addition to end-of-life expenses.

You or your doctor can report a vaccine reaction to VAERS. After getting a vaccine, you should report any kind of bad reaction, including:

  • Vision changes
  • Speech problems
  • Cognitive changes
  • Any unusual health problems
  • Worsened health condition

Even after you report an adverse event, you will not be provided with compensation or any kind of help with the effects of your injury. You deserve compensation for the medical costs and lost wages of your injury, and Professor Kraus can pursue compensation for you from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

The Importance of VAERS

If there is a new reaction to a vaccine or an increase in already known reactions, VAERS should reveal such events. Using this data, the FDA should be able to monitor whether a vaccine becomes unsafe or whether its risks outweigh its benefits.

In the past, VAERS data has led to important vaccine information. VAERS data showed the first rotavirus vaccine, RotaShield, was causing many children to suffer a serious intestinal problem called intussusception, in which a section of the intestine slides into another section. The vaccine was removed from the market. VAERS data has also shown that the meningococcal vaccine Menactra carries an increased risk for Guillain-Barre syndrome, so patients with a history of GBS may be advised not to get the vaccine.

It is fair to assume not all vaccine injuries are reported to VAERS. For this reason, the exact rate of injury for any given vaccine may be unknown.

If you live in Chicago, Illinois or anywhere in the US, please contact the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent to learn more about compensation for your adverse vaccine reaction. Call 312-906-5072, or contact us via email.

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