What adverse vaccine events are health care providers required to report?
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), operated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), should be notified of any adverse event by completing a VAERS reporting form. The VAERS form may be obtained by calling 1-800-822-7967 or from the VAERS Web site.
The following events are required to be reported:
- Any event set forth in the Vaccine Injury Table (list.asp) that occurs within the time period specified or within 7 days, if that is longer.
- Any contraindicating event listed in the manufacturer’s package insert. In addition, VAERS accepts all reports by any interested party of real or suspected adverse events occurring after the administration of any vaccine.
Please note: Submitting a reporting form to VAERS is not the same as filing a claim under the VICP as they are two separate programs.
What if you suffer a side effect from the vaccine?
You may be eligible to bring a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Learn more here.