What is VAERS?
How is the IHB Clinical Services involved with VAERS?
When is a VAERS report mandatory?
Who can report to VAERS?
How do I complete a VAERS report?
What method do I use to submit a VAERS report?
How do I submit a military VAERS report?
Should I file a VAERS on all events that occur after vaccinations?
Why is it important to document and report a Vaccine Adverse Event?
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting
System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program administered
by the FDA and the CDC.
VAERS collects and analyzes information about adverse events that occur after the
administration of U.S. licensed vaccines. By monitoring such events, VAERS helps
to identify potential safety concerns that otherwise may not come to light before
A VAERS form is NOT an incident report. It is not used for placing blame or tracking
provider errors. Filing a VAERS does not reflect poorly on unit readiness.
Immunization Healthcare Branch
can assist with completion and submission of the VAERS form. The Worldwide DHA Immunization Healthcare Support Center has a unique relationship with the CDC in that the
IHB Clinical Services
reviews all VAERS filed on recipients of military-funded vaccines. Clinicians perform
a comprehensive review of the adverse event reported to VAERS. The focus is to provide
appropriate clinical management and follow-up to ensure that vaccine safety and
protection goals are optimized for all military beneficiaries.
VAERS filing is mandatory
There is no time restriction
Submitter need not prove causality
*Immunization & Chemoprophylaxis instruction (2-10) has recommendations for VAERS
Anyone can report to VAERS.
The majority of VAERS reports are sent in by vaccine manufacturers, health care
providers, vaccine recipients (or their parent/guardians). Vaccine recipients or
their parents or guardians are encouraged to seek the help of their health care
professional in filling out the VAERS form.
The VAERS form should be
completed to the best of one's knowledge. The following boxes are considered essential
and should be completed whenever possible:
Each report should be complete, accurate and legible. Pay particular attention
Submit the VAERS: Mail, Fax, Telephone, or Internet
Check with your local MTF and command for information about local and service-specific
We encourage you to report any reaction following vaccination to VAERS even if you cannot tell whether the vaccine or another
product caused it. For a discussion of the difference between common side effects
and adverse events, click here.
It is important to have an unacceptable adverse event evaluated so that future vaccine use is based on a safety evaluation and consideration of a medical
exemption or line of duty determination, such as:
In addition, better reporting helps keep vaccines safe for everyone who receives them.