Small risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) associated with Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that reports to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) indicate a small risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) following receipt of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. About 100 preliminary reports of GBS have been filed with VAERS after the administration of 12.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine. The cases were largely […]

Myocarditis and pericarditis: Weighing the risks of these rare side effects

You may have heard about the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis after some COVID-19 vaccines. Understanding that the risk is extremely small and knowing what to watch out for after vaccination may help you decide what’s the best choice for you or your child. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is an […]

Approval versus Emergency Use Authorization (EUA): What’s the difference?

This article is an extended version of a story that originally aired in the May 3, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update. We’ve noticed that there’s been some confusion online about whether an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is the same as approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Let’s get into it and start […]

OHA, CDC investigating potential adverse event following Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a report of an Oregon death that was submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) on April 18. VAERS is a national vaccine safety monitoring system overseen by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It serves as a place for doctors, nurses, […]

The safety of COVID-19 vaccination revisited

While any new treatment can seem scary, the data that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collect through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) continue to confirm that the vaccines are both safe and effective.  VAERS is a national vaccine safety monitoring system overseen by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It serves as a place for doctors, nurses, vaccine manufacturers and […]