How MedAlerts Became the “Go-To”
Vaccine Reaction Report
by Patrice La Vigne
MedAlerts is the unique database search engine created and launched online in 2003 by computer science expert Steven Rubin, PhD to allow people to search and review reports of vaccine-related complications made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Dr. Rubin developed MedAlerts to provide people with a user-friendly way to search vaccine reactions reported to the U.S. government by doctors, nurses and other vaccine providers, as well as the public.
VAERS was included as part of the vaccine safety informing, recording and reporting provisions that NVIC co-founders secured in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act as an integrated post-marketing surveillance system to monitor potential safety problems with vaccines. VAERS is jointly operated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
With 60,000 hits daily, Dr. Rubin estimates MedAlerts attracts some 3,000 unique visitors to the website per day. Following is an historical look-back at why and how Dr. Rubin created the invaluable online VAERS database search engine, MedAlerts, that can be accessed through NVIC website.
Parents’ Experiences with Vaccine Reactions Leads to Computer Program
Steven Rubin never planned to create MedAlerts or get involved with vaccine reaction reporting. The VAERS data wasn’t even on his radar. In the 1990’s, he was simply working as a computer scientist writing open-source software. In 1996, his wife, Amy Lansky, PhD, left her job as a computer scientist to study homeopathy and later wrote the book, “Impossible Cure,” about their son’s autism and the important role homeopathic remedies played in their son’s recovery from autism.
In the late 1990’s, Dr. Rubin became aware that babies were dying and suffering brain injury after routine vaccinations and he began investigating the federal VAERS data…
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(This was from Barbara Lowe Fisher’s NVIC newsletter to which I subscribe. While I am no longer raising children, they will always remain one of my top priorities (having been born to the “earth-mother” strain of humans); simply can’t help myself. Our children deserve the best from all of us, collectively — for indeed, it does take the community!
Any but the totally uninformed would have to observe the radical, impossible increase in brain injury and autism occurring in these modern, science-advancing times. My God, one in four children and those – mostly the boys! This is totally lacking in scientific objectivity and instead is based on corporate greed and the betrayal of our government leaders for not listening to the people who demand to be heard and have their say. These are our children and it is criminal that we need protection from our own leaders.. . . . . those entrusted to protect us. Jan)