The VAERS database is the place where any vaccine injury is reported. It is natural for everyone to assume that the numbers in the VAERS system is an accurate representation of vaccine injury cases. But this is not true. It is an under reported system. Doctors do not report most of the cases to VAERS at all. Does this mean that there aren’t significant cases worth reporting?
I see a few reasons why the vaccine injuries are not reported
1. The information sheet that parents get at the doctors office does not provide adequate information.
2. The doctors are not given any incentive to report in VAERS.
3. Lot of parents do not make the connection with vaccines.
So how can the VAERS database be made from under reported to adequately reported?
One thing I feel can help is to give the parents a fact sheet about VAERS as well which will create awareness among the parents. The parents should also be provided the lot and batch number of the vaccines their child received.
The CDC should also update the Vaccine Information Sheet to reflect the time until which parents need to look for vaccine reactions. Parents assume that it is only one or two days, wheras an adverse reaction that is gradual would even manifest a month later OR provide the vaccine inserts to parents one week before the well baby check up. Let the parents read, look at family history, ask the doctor any questions they have and then make the decision.
Parents please share how the VAERS can be improved.