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When in Expert Mode (the checkbox in the upper-right corner) there are many more choices for how search results can be presented.

Dose-adjusted Graphs and Tables

MedAlerts is able to show graphs and tables of the number of VAERS reports per dose of vaccine administered. This is done by selecting special "dose-adjusted" Graph and Table factors: Vaccines (dose-adjusted) and Year of Vaccination (dose-adjusted).

For example, if there are 1,000,000 doses given, and 500 VAERS reports, then the ratio is 500 / 1,000,000 = 0.0005 VAERS reports per vaccination.

Click Here to see the dosage numbers being used.

Reverse Vaccine Search

When choosing Vaccines in Section 3, it is possible to request that the listed vaccines not be selected. For example, if you want to see all vaccine products except for FLU, then select FLU and click on Excluded.

Case Detail Sorting

When Case Details are requested, there is a choice of how to order them. You can also check Reverse Ordering to reverse that order.

Adjusting Maps for Census

Maps can be adjusted for census data so that, instead of showing the total number of cases that occurred in each state, they show the number of cases per person in each state. This normalizes the data so that highly-populated states don't always appear bad.

CDC "Split Type" Country Codes

The CDC Split Type is a field that holds arbitrary text, probably from other databases. According to VAERS, it contains the "manufacturer number or immunization project number." Some of the Split Type fields also contain country codes.

You can examine these country codes by selecting the Graph or Table factor: CDC Split-type country code. This looks through the Split Type fields for those with country codes, then displays those countries. For each country code, the nature of that code is provided. Those with (phh) after them are from Split Types that start with the letters "PHH." Those with (waes) after them are from Split Types that start with the letters "WAES" (probably the Worldwide Aeromedical Evacuation System).


When Tables or Graphs are made, analysis values are computed. These values are shown with 2 digits of precision to the right of the decimal point (for example "26.12"). To change this precision value, a Precision choice appears in Section 1.

Custom Month Bar Colors

When making a monthly graph (for example, "Month of Vaccination" or "Month of Onset") it is possible to colorize the monthly bars so that they are more easily recognizable. Of course, this applies only to bar graphs, not line or pie graphs. Choosing Custom Month Bar Colors and a monthly graph makes the following section appear in the search form:

Enter color values for each month. Leave the month blank to use the default color (yellow).

Saving Case Details To Disk

In the "Case Details" part of Section 1, Expert Mode gives you a new checkbox: Save To File. This requests that the Case Details be saved to a disk file on your local computer. This file is a tab-separated text file that can be read into any spreadsheet program. If you choose this form, there will be no web output from a "Find", so no Table, Map, Graph, or Case Details will be shown.

The columns in the spreadsheet are:

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