Thursday, August 3, 2017

New vaccine adverse event reports

Here is a second news item from the Florida Department of Health Immunization Section in Tallahassee, which originally came from the CDC.

New Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Website
The Florida Department of Health, Immunization Section would like to share with its partners and colleagues an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CDC and FDA has implemented new system changes pertaining to Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Website and Ways to Report to VAERS—please see below regarding this new change.

CDC and FDA are pleased to announce VAERS 2.0 includes a new reporting form and a new website that allows you to:

·         Easily submit a VAERS report electronically
·         Access VAERS data VAERS 2.0
·         Learn more about how CDC and FDA monitor the safety of vaccines
·         Coming soon: VAERS 2.0 video!

There are now two ways to report an adverse event following vaccination to VAERS:

1. Use the online reporting tool
2. Complete a fillable VAERS PDF form and upload it into the new VAERS system

By the end of 2017, CDC and FDA will phase out the old VAERS-1 paper form and fully transition to the new VAERS 2.0 electronic submission process. Accommodations will be made for persons unable to submit reports electronically.

If you have any questions or need any additional information regarding vaccine recommendations, please contact Dearline Thomas-Brown, MPH, BSN, RN, Executive Community Health Nursing Director for the Immunization Section at 850-245-4342 or