Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality

On August 25th the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a consensus report titled “Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality”.

The independent panel researched adverse effects associated with eight common childhood vaccines. The panel found there are no links between vaccines and autism or Type 1 diabetes and rarely connections to other adverse events.

The IOM makes the following conclusions from the report: “The committee finds that evidence convincingly supports a causal relationship between some vaccines and some adverse events – such as MMR, varicella zoster, influenza, hepatitis B, meningococcal, and tetanus-containing vaccines linked to anaphylaxis. Additionally, evidence favors rejection of five vaccine-adverse event relationships, including MMR vaccine and autism and inactivated influenza vaccine and asthma episodes. However, for the majority of cases (135 vaccine-adverse event pairs), the evidence was inadequate to accept or reject a causal relationship. Overall, the committee concludes that few health problems are caused by or clearly associated with vaccines.”

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