Elyce Powers 

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is repeatedly used as proof that vaccine injuries are common, or even extremely prevalent. Even anti-vaccine doctors have falsely promoted that there are high rates of vaccine injuries using VAERS as a source. There are a few major problems with using VAERS as proof of vaccine injury; this post will highlight those reasons.

We know vaccine related injuries are rare.

In reality, vaccine injuries are extremely rare. On social media we see plenty of anecdotal evidence of vaccine injury, and many parents that believe vaccines have harmed their children. We know that these parents fully believe that vaccines have cause problems in their children. The problem with these parental claims, there is no verifiable proof of the claimed injuries being cause by vaccines, only belief.

More reading on vaccine injuries:

Why most vaccine injury stories aren’t true.

From Voices for Vaccines: Vaccine Injury Stories: theSacred Cows of the Internet?

What is VAERS?

“The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS is a post-marketing safety surveillance program that collects information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of vaccines licensed for use in the United States.”

The home page of VAERS notes some important points about interpreting VAERS data. 


Only 3% of VAERSreports have been found to be definitely vaccine related.

“108 AEFIs were identified in the selected 100 VAERS reports. After initial review majority agreement was achieved for 83% of the AEFI and 17% required further discussion. In the end, only 3 (3%) of the AEFI were classified as definitely causally related to vaccine received. Of the remaining AEFI 22 (20%) were classified as probably and 22 (20%) were classified as possibly related to vaccine received; a majority (53%) were classified as either unlikely or unrelated to a vaccine received.”

Annual Data

Per the CDC: “Approximately 30,000 VAERS reports are filed each year. About 85-90% of the reports describe mild side effects such as fever, arm soreness, and crying or mild irritability. The remaining reports are classified as serious, which means that the adverse event resulted in permanent disability, hospitalization, life-threatening illness, or death.  While these problems happen after vaccination, they are rarely caused by the vaccine.”

More about VAERS, including its strengths and weaknesses can be found, here.

Actual VAERS Reports

The following screen grabs were collected and annotated by Luci Baldwin.

WARNING: The following reports are full of graphic information which can be very upsetting. These reports contain stories of people and children who have been harmed or killed. There are mentions of child abuse, SIDS, and the deaths of children.  We want to make you fully aware of this. Please do not proceed if these topics are traumatic for you. 


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