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.)
For those of you interested in ancient history, this is what VaxCalc looked like 6 to 9 years ago.
- VIC release
2.4, mostly a review for accuracy for moving
into the VIC website.
- VIC release
including a significant bug fix (ingredient
dropdown not updated
- Human protein/DNA
to the VIC.
- New VIC
(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.
- Retired VIC
group (from Discussion/Contact page); we
didn't utilize it much.
- In it's
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,
- Renamed Help
The Word page to Stay Informed and Help Inform
Others. It has a
super-cool new Twitter feature.
(Seasonal/H1N1 Flu) with links to package
inserts and to more
information about Mercury, Aluminum and
NVIC's Mini Guide to Flu and Flu Vaccines.
- Added link
"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
(Seasonal/H1N1 Flu) as a planning step before
using the VIC.
Changed the home page to reflect this new
- New release
VIC, focusing on bug-fixes
- Added link
SafeMinds flu vaccine video to
website Search with Twitter: every search is
- Added link
Environmental Working Group on Mercury
integration by adding the new
Tweet button to the most important pages
"obviousness" of how to select vaccines from
the schedule (thanks
- Removed a
"show all" option from the chart ingredients
list (thanks Shula!)
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.
- The new VIC
2010/2011) is launched.
- Fixed typo on FAQ page and
added some useful links to original source
- Added Google Custom Search to the VIC website
enable searches of both this website and NVIC's
- Added a Sneak Peek at the
new VIC currently in
- Minor improvements to VIC user interface based
- Updated CSL H1N1 vaccine Dosage/Administration
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
"RESULTS". Will improve "results" area
further once we integrate
- Added link from "Calculate" button's "Based on
standard of 0.1mcg/kg/day" to a description of
its appropriateness on
our FAQ page.
- Created VIC User's group to
discuss issues, topics,
questions, bugs, feature requests, etc.
- Fixed problem with
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.)
to the FAQ page.
Vaccination Report content (its now at v2.0)
- The Vaccine
Calculator is launched!