Safety of Commonly Used Vaccines Report
Serious adverse events resulting from vaccines routinely used in the United States are rare, according to a report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The report provides the most comprehensive review to date of published studies on the safety of routine vaccines.
According to the report, scientific evidence shows there is not a link between (1) the vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and autism; (2) the vaccines for pneumonia and influenza and cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events in the elderly; and (3) the vaccines for MMR; diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP); tetanus and diphtheria (Td); Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib); and hepatitis B and childhood leukemia. The report also presents similar findings for several other vaccines, including the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and the inactivated influenza vaccines.
The report “Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization in the United States,” was funded through an inter-agency agreement with the National Vaccine Program Office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.