Vaccines are among the most significant achievements in public health. Between 1924-2013, childhood vaccinations prevented over 100 million cases of serious disease.
All vaccines used in the United States are required to go through years of extensive safety testing before they are licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) work with healthcare professionals to monitor the safety of vaccines, including any adverse events, especially rare events not identified in pre-licensure study trials. There are currently three systems used to monitor the safety of vaccines after they are licensed and used in the US. These systems can monitor known side effects and detect rare side effects that may not have been identified during clinical trials.
One of the three systems used to monitor the post-licensure safety of vaccines in the US is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). VAERS accepts reports from healthcare professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and the general public and receives more than 25,000 reports per year, compared with millions of vaccine doses given to adults.
NFID developed a #ShotOfScience campaign to share tools and resources on the history and science of vaccines. Campaign materials include sample social media posts and animated graphics.
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