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VAERS Search Help
Normal Usage: Expert Mode:
Introduction Introduction
Presentations Presentations
Choosing Cases Choosing Cases
Examples Symptoms


The Medalerts Search Form:

There are two steps to doing a search of VAERS: choose a set of cases, and present the results. The default is to choose all cases in VAERS, and to produce two presentations: a Table by Age and Case Details. To see this default search result, go to the Search Form and click any "Find" button without making any other changes.

VAERS has millions of injury reports, called Cases. Each Case has dozens of fields that describe the injury in different ways. Examples of fields are:

Section 1: Presentation Styles

Section 1 of the search form lets you select how the chosen cases will be presented. You can choose tables, graphs, maps, or even the raw Case details.

Sections 2-6: Choosing Cases

Sections 2-6 of the search form let you determine which cases will be chosen for presentation and which will be ignored. By default, all of VAERS is chosen, but there are many ways to limit the search.


The Examples page shows some sample searches to give you an idea of the power of the search engine.

Expert Mode

Although not for the timid, Expert Mode offers advanced search facilities. You can learn about Expert Presentation Styles and Expert Case Choosing. In addition, there is a special section on Expert Symptom Handling.

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