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Vaccines rarely cause adverse events, Institute of Medicine finds

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 31 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5538
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Vaccines are safe to use and only rarely seem to result in adverse events, a committee of the US Institute of Medicine has concluded after an extensive review of the literature.

The study was commissioned for use by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a no fault compensation scheme created in 1988 to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, to stabilise vaccine costs, and to establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for people found to have been injured by certain vaccines.

“We reviewed in detail more than 1000 peer reviewed articles from the scientific literature,” explained the committee’s chairwoman, Ellen Wright Clayton, director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt …

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