This article is from the Childhood Vaccinations FAQ, by Lynn Gazis-Sax firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
[LG: Information about VAERS excerpted and summarized from material
from VAERS. This section last updated in 1994.]
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986 mandated the
reporting of certain adverse events following vaccination. This Act
led to the establishment of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
(VAERS) in November 1990 by the Department of Health and Human
Services. VAERS provides a database management system for the
collection and analysis of data from reports of adverse events
following vaccination. VAERS is operated jointly by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). Both the CDC and the FDA review data reported to
Between January 1, 1991 and December 31, 1994, VAERS has received
approximately 45,000 reports. VAERS currently receives approximately
800-1000 reports each month.