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Vaccine Safety

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects—Cause or Coincidence?

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue across the US, some questions and concerns about potential side effects are also circulating. In addition to the typical sore arm and fatigue, reports have recently surfaced about individuals suffering from various symptoms after getting vaccinated, including ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis). But just because one event follows another in time does not necessarily mean it was caused by the event itself. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, Marla Dalton, Executive Director and CEO of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about the difference between causation and coincidence, and how to distinguish COVID-19 vaccine facts from fiction …

Key Actions To Promote Vaccine Acceptance

There has been a global campaign of misinformation, driven by social media, that has led many parents to refuse vaccines for their families. Refusing vaccination puts both their own children and their communities at-risk…

Are Vaccines Safe?

Probably the most dangerous aspect of getting a vaccine is driving to the doctor’s office to get it. Every year, about 30,000 people die in car accidents and even walking outside on a rainy day isn’t entirely safe—every year in the US, about 100 people are killed when struck by lightning. While routine daily activities pose a certain degree of risk, we choose to do them because we consider that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Vaccine Safety: What You Should Know

The independent and multi-layered vaccine review process can be complicated but is in place to ensure that vaccines are held to the highest standards of safety. Moreover, continuous monitoring of health problems after vaccination ensures that the US has a safe and effective vaccine supply.

2015 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research: News Round-Up

Top news coverage from the NFID 18th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, held on April 13-15, 2015 in Bethesda, MD: 3 key lessons industry leaders have learned from the latest Ebola crisis (BioPharmaDive) Video: Assessment of vaccine safety, efficacy critical after introduction (Healio Infectious Disease News) Featuring Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, PATH Video: D.A. Henderson, MD, honored for career in vaccine-preventable…