Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Page last updated: 10 December 2018

Description of the website

The website of the Institute for Vaccine Safety is a member of the WHO-led project Vaccine Safety Net (VSN).

The Institute for Vaccine Safety website provides objective information on specific vaccine safety issues, links to other websites which offer information on relevant issues and frequent updates on issues of immediate relevance as new information and/or rumors develop regarding the safety of individual vaccines.

The Institute also provides a public forum for presentation and discussion of vaccine safety information through seminars and workshops at Johns Hopkins University. IVS faculty and staff provide information based on papers published in peer-reviewed journals and from national and international public health authorities on vaccine safety issues.

The Institute regularly reviews publications, recommendations and other sources for relevant content to add to the IVS website. Information on our site is maintained daily and reviewed weekly; a more in-depth review and evaluation is conducted at least quarterly by IVS faculty and staff. In addition to links and comments provided by faculty and staff, original content is provided by IVS and by some external experts. All IVS web pages indicate the date of posting or latest update.

IVS provides links to other objective sources of vaccine safety information including the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Website’s sponsorship policy

Current IVS activities are supported through general Johns Hopkins funds and donated time as a public service. The Institute for Vaccine Safety received start up financial support from vaccine manufacturers in 1997 and 1998. In 2001, IVS sponsored a workshop on bifurcated needles for smallpox administration with Becton Dickinson. IVS has not received support from manufacturers or any other corporate sponsor since then.

http://vaccinesafety.edu/donation.htm

Website’s content or editorial policy

Dr. Daniel Salmon, Dr. Lawrence Moulton, Dr. Neal Halsey, Dr. Kawsar Talaat, Dr. Rupali Limaye, Tina Proveaux and Matthew Dudley review news, publications, recommendations and other sources for relevant content to add to the IVS website. Information on our site is maintained daily and reviewed weekly; a more in-depth review and evaluation is conducted at least quarterly by IVS faculty and staff. In addition to links and comments, IVS faculty and staff, and sometimes external experts, contribute original content. All IVS web pages indicate the date of posting or latest update.