Release Notes

August 29, 2018

Improved our support page and tied it into a system that will help us to better manage a large number of support tickets. We've been working on this for the past few weeks. One of my favorite features is the ability to know what people are searching for but unable to find, and to use those results to build more useful help guides. For example, a popular search (for a missing feature!) is the ability to print the ingredient report.

August 18, 2018

Added latest VAERS data (through July 17) to Vaccine Lot Search. So far for 2018, there are 16,863 vaccine adverse events reported - possibly 168,630 to 1,686,300 adverse events (given that only 1%-10% are reported.)

Vaccine Lot Search results will now show the length of time it took for the vaccine reaction symptoms to appear. For example, it might look like this: The vaccine reaction onset ranged from immediate to 3 days, with an average onset of the same day. This can help give you a better sense of what other people have experienced with the specific lot and the time period in which they experienced it.

August 15, 2018

VaxCalc will now filter out DTaP vaccines from the Vaccine Selection Table if the age of the person being vaccinated falls outside of the indicated age range for DTaP. As more vaccines are filtered out by age, the selection table will be smaller, presenting only relevent choices. For example, it makes no sense (as we are doing now) to show the Shingles vaccine (for people age 50+) if the person being vaccinated is a child.

June 27, 2018

Added more research detail to 4 ingredients found in the new Shingles vaccine, Shingrix: MPL and QS-21, both immunostimulants that are part of Adjuvant System AS01; cholesterol and Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cell protein/DNA. Explanation and risks of immortal cell lines, including CHO and VERO cells.

Added more research detail to VERO cells, found in Rotavirus and Polio vaccines.

June 16, 2018

Added latest VAERS data (through May 14) to Vaccine Lot Search. So far for 2018, there are 8,682 vaccine adverse events reported - possibly 86,820 to 868,200 adverse events (given that 1%-10% are reported.)

Ancient history

For those of you interested in ancient history, this is what VaxCalc looked like 6 to 9 years ago.

December 16, 2011
  • VIC release 2.4, mostly a review for accuracy for moving into 2012
July 9, 2011
  • Integrated Facebook into the VIC website. 
April 21, 2011
  • VIC release 2.3 including a significant bug fix (ingredient dropdown not updated correctly), and
  • Human protein/DNA ingredients added to the VIC.
April 1, 2011
  • New VIC release (version 2.2) with two significant improvements: (1) the ability to handle known and unknown amounts of the same ingredient and (2) a new beta feature called Chart Explain that provides a detailed explanation of the ingredient chart. 
January 20, 2011
  • Added Vaccine Quick View DTaP.
January 19, 2011
  • Retired VIC User's group (from Discussion/Contact page); we didn't utilize it much.
  • In it's place, suggesting Mothering Magazine's moderated Vaccination forums as a good place to go for  online discussion; they have a long track record, impressive history, and a large, supportive online community. 
  • Renamed Help Spread The Word page to Stay Informed and Help Inform Others.  It has a super-cool new Twitter feature.
January 14, 2011
  • Improved Vaccine Quick View (Seasonal/H1N1 Flu) with links to package inserts and to more information about Mercury, Aluminum and Formaldehyde.  Added NVIC's Mini Guide to Flu and Flu Vaccines.
January 10, 2011
  • Added link to "Nineteen cases of persistent pruritic nodules and contact allergy to aluminium after injection of commonly used aluminium-adsorbed vaccines" from the European Pediatrics Journal on Aluminum In Vaccines.
December 23, 2010
December 15, 2010
  • Added Vaccine Quick View (Seasonal/H1N1 Flu) as a planning step before using the VIC.  Changed the home page to reflect this new two-step process.
October 25, 2010
October 20, 2010
  • New release of the VIC, focusing on bug-fixes
  • Added link to SafeMinds flu vaccine video to the Mercury In Vaccines page.
October 12, 2010
  • Integrated our website Search with Twitter: every search is tweeted. 
  • Added link to the Environmental Working Group on Mercury In Vaccines
September 26, 2010
  • Upgraded Twitter integration by adding the new Tweet button to the most important pages
September 14, 2010
August 31, 2010
  • Improved "obviousness" of how to select vaccines from the schedule (thanks Steve!)
  • Removed a confusing "show all" option from the chart ingredients list (thanks Shula!)
August 18, 2010
  • Changed ingredient charts so that the big question mark shows for every ingredient for which safe levels are unknown or not established.  Previously, it was only displayed for aluminum. (Thanks, Dr. King!)
August 17, 2010
  • The new VIC (for 2010/2011) is launched.
May 30, 2010
May 26, 2010
April 20, 2010
  • Fixed typo on FAQ page and added some useful links to original source material. 
February 9, 2010
  • Added Google Custom Search to the VIC website to enable searches of both this website and NVIC's website. 
February 8, 2010
  • Added a Sneak Peek at the new VIC currently in development
December 31, 2009
December 18, 2009
  • Minor improvements to VIC user interface based upon user feedback
December 1, 2009
  • Updated CSL H1N1 vaccine Dosage/Administration from 18 years and older to 6 months of age and older
  • Minor edits and improvements to home page
  • Added newly approved vaccine Agriflu to the seasonal vaccine list
  • Tightened up data entry rules by disallowing fractional pounds, ounces, months and years.  (Note: months are fractional years; ounces are fractional pounds.  Should not be able to enter 9.5 pounds or 2.5 years.  Instead, enter 9 pounds 8 ounces or 2 years 6 months.)
  • Changed "Step 6.  Evaluate results" to just "RESULTS".  Will improve "results" area further once we integrate more vaccines.  
  • Added link from "Calculate" button's "Based on EPA standard of 0.1mcg/kg/day" to a description of its appropriateness on our FAQ page.
November 26, 2009
  • Created VIC User's group to discuss issues, topics, questions, bugs, feature requests, etc.
November 23, 2009
November 19, 2009
  • Fixed problem with text getting cut off in the H1N1 vaccine dropdown list.  (A small amount of text is still occasionally cutoff once the dropdown closes; I don't want to expand the VIC yet; lets see how it looks after adding a few more vaccines.)
  • Added Thimerosal-free vs Thimerosal-reduced question to the FAQ page.
  • Improved Vaccination Report content (its now at v2.0)
November 13, 2009
  • The Vaccine Ingredients Calculator is launched!