VAERS is system used by the CDC for reporting adverse effects linked to vaccines. It was formed in 1990 as a nation-wide database of vaccine injuries and more specifically the certain licensed vaccines that may have caused them. Management is coordinated with the FDA.
By law doctors and other health professionals are required to submit information on injuries directly to VAERS. the CDC also accepts information from anyone who comes forward.
Goals and Purporse of VAERS
- Compile new vaccine adverse events
- Monitor data and trends
- Detect patient risk factors
- Assess newly licensed vaccines
- Clusters of incidents
- Determine administration errors