|Posted by Dar, regarding VAERS
Some highlights from the above site:
From 1991 to 2001, there were a total of 128,717 adverse effects reported, and a total of 1,903,383,258 vaccines given. That means adverse effects were reported after .000067 (or .0067%, or fewer than 7 reported reactions per 100,000 vaccines given) of the vaccines given. By those numbers, adverse reactions to vaccines seem very rare.
The problem with this is that it's known that vaccine reactions are greatly underreported. The estimate is that only one tenth of adverse events are reported. So, while I think that it can be used to research what the possible adverse events can be when learning about the risk factors of choosing a specific vaccine, I don't think it can be used to establish vaccine reactions are low. Here is what VAERS has to say about themselves and the accuracy of using their systems as a way to calculate adverse events.http://vaers.hhs.gov/pdf/1995AmJPubHlth85-12.pdf
It's unfortunate that there's no way for us to know the true numbers. However, the CDC also states that a person, today, is more likely to have an adverse reaction from a vaccine than to get the disease they are being vaccinated for.
|Yes, but my problem/dilemma here is that Hib is most likely to occur between 6 months and one year. Why give him the vaccine at 15 months when if I wait until 1 year, he is "statistcally" not as likely to get the disease?
Hmm. I don't know what you decided to do at your appt. today, but considering your little guy is almost a year old, you are right in that he's just about out of the "danger zone".
I can understand why you and so many are fearful of pertussis. The stories are scary and scary doesn't even begin to describe a horrible experience of it being your child. But, I don't think that looking at reported numbers of cases is a reliable source of a decison. I say that because I think that pertussis is greatly underreported. So, I don't think that an area with a high number of cases is necessarily having more cases of pertussis. I know there are almost no cases reported where I live, yet I had it a few years back. I didn't know it, as neither dr. I saw suspected pertussis, and I coughed for 3 months. I think that respiratory infections are everywhere, unfortunately, and a possibility for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. And, pertussis is something that you do not hold lifelong immunity to, even if you've had the illness. I look at it as part of life that we are not going to be able to eliminate through vaccination.