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IOM Report – Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has released a new report, Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality. This IOM report has received a lot of press through a Reuters article by Julie Steenhuysen. The IOM reviewed a list of adverse events associated with eight vaccines to evaluate the scientific evidence about the event-vaccine relationship. They found that side effects or “adverse effects” associated with some vaccines were generally very rare or minor, and some adverse events following a vaccine may be due to coincidence and are not caused by the vaccine. As Steenhuysen put it, “vaccines [are] largely safe”.

Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality“, is available for free, along with all National Academies Press PDF books and reports.

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