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Presentations (Section 1)

Section 1 of the Search Form lets you select how the chosen VAERS Cases will be presented. There are five different presentations, any of which can be choosen:

  • Show Table requests a table that summarizes certain fields of the chosen Cases.
  • Show Graph requests a graph that charts certain fields of the chosen Cases.
  • Show Time Animation similar to the graph presentation, but animates changes over time.
  • Show Case Details and Show VAERS ID requests a complete display of every field in the chosen Cases.
  • Show Map requests a U.S. map that has been colorized to show the density of Cases in each state.

Groupings

When making a Table, Graph, or Time Animation, you have a choice of different groupings. Tables can handle to up to five different groupings; Graphs and Time Animations can handle up to two different groupings. The possible groupings are:

  • Symptoms groups by the Symptom Keywords.
  • Vaccine groups by the known Vaccines.
  • Vaccine Type groups by the diseases that the Vaccines addresses.
  • Vaccine Manufacturer groups by the Manufacturers of vaccines.
  • Vaccine & Manufacturer groups by each known combination of Vaccine and Manufacturer.
  • Vaccine & Manufacturer & Lot groups by each known combination of Vaccine, Manufacturer, and Lot Number.
  • Vaccine Count groups by the number of vaccines that were administered at the same time.
  • Vaccine Route groups by the possible vaccination routes.
  • Vaccine Site groups by the possible vaccination sites.
  • Vaccine Name groups by the possible vaccine brand names.
  • Administration groups by the type of organization that administered the vaccine.
  • Funding groups by the type of organization that paid for the vaccine.
  • Event Category groups by the different outcome boxes checked (Recovered, Hospitalized, etc.)
  • Recovered groups by whether or not the patient recovered.
  • Serious groups four event categories (Death, Life Threatening, Disabled, and Hospitalized).
  • Onset Interval groups by number of days between the vaccination and the injury onset.
  • Location groups by the state or territory of residence of the patient.
  • Age groups by the age of the patient.
  • Gender groups by the sex of the patient.
  • Year of Vaccination groups by the year the vaccine was given.
  • Month of Vaccination groups by the year and month the vaccine was given.
  • Year of Onset groups by the year of the injury onset.
  • Month of Onset groups by the year and month of the injury onset.
  • Year of Submission groups by the year the case was submitted to VAERS.
  • Month of Submission groups by the year and month the case was submitted to VAERS.
  • Year of Acceptance groups by the year the VAERS case was available.
  • Month of Acceptance groups by the year and month the VAERS case was available.
  • Year of Death groups by the year the patient died.
  • Month of Death groups by the year and month the patient died.

Tables

Tables allows you to group the chosen Cases in up to five different categories at once. The default is a grouping by Age, and a sample Age table is shown in the top-left below. If a second grouping is chosen, the table is larger and shows the second category as a subgroup of the first (the example on the right is a two-level table, by Age and Event Category). Tables can be up to five levels deep.

Tablulate Age:


Age, sorted descending by result:
Tabulate Age and Event Category:

The arrows at the top of the table allow it to be sorted differently. The red arrow indicates the current sorting and the green arrows indicate the other possible sortings. The initial sorting, shown in the two top examples, is the natural ordering of the group elements. The arrows on the right side let you sort by the result values, either ascending or descending. The lower left example shows the Age table sorted by descending result values.


Graphs

Graphs allows you to chart some of the fields in the chosen Cases. The default is to graph by Age, as shown in the top-left below (this example uses custom age breaks which are different than the default set). If a second grouping is chosen, the graph has multiple lines for each of the second group's elements (the example in the lower-left is a two-level graph).

Age Graph, line chart:


Age and Gender Graph, line chart:
Age Graph, bar chart:


Age and Gender Graph, axes swapped:

Below the graph are check boxes and other controls that let you change the way the graph is presented.

  • Legend for graphs with two groupings, a legend is shown identifying the different lines. Checkboxes next to each entry let you turn the line on and off.

  • Chart Type sets the style of the graph (line, bar, or pie). The upper-right example above shows the bar chart equivalent of the line graph in the upper-left. A sample pie chart is shown below.

  • Swap Axes requests that the horizontal and vertical axes be swapped. In the examples above, the lower-right example shows the swapped equivalent of the lower-left example. This applies only to line and bar graphs.

  • Show Percent requests that percentage values be graphed instead of total counts.

  • Show Shadow toggles a shadow under the lines and dots (only in line graphs).

  • Stack Bars toggles the stacking of bars in a group (as opposed to offsetting the bars in a group). Applies only to bar graphs that have two groupings.

  • Width/Height requests that the overall graph size be changed. After setting the number of pixels in the Width and Height fields, click the Resize button to redraw the graph. For Pie graphs, a Radius can be set.

  • Zoom shows a small overview of the graph in which you can click and drag an area. This will be the area that is presented in the main graph. You can also click and drag in the main graph to zoom into an area. Zooming works only for Line and Bar graphs.

If you hover the mouse over any point in the graph, you will see the value at that point.


Maps

Maps display a map of the United States that has been colorized to show the density of Cases in each state and territory. An example is shown here. Included with the map is a table showing the actual state values.


Case Details

Case Details list every chosen Case, showing all of its fields. Two Cases are shown in the example below.

If you know the VAERS identification number of a particular Case, you can see it by entering the VAERS ID number in the box and then checking Show VAERS ID. When you do this, none of the other search criteria in sections 2-6 will be used, and instead the chosen result will consist of just this case.

There are two options available in Section 1 of the search form under the "Show Case Details" checkbox.

  • Cases per Page sets the number of cases that will be displayed on a single page of the presentation. Multiple web pages full of case details can be obtained by clicking on the Result pages links.

  • Order By requests that the cases be presented in a specific order. The choices are:
    • VAERS-ID order by the unique VAERS identification number.
    • Age order by the age of the patient.
    • State order by the state of residence of the patient.
    • Vaccination Date order by the date the vaccine was administered.
    • Onset Date order by the date the injury onset began.
    • Submission Date order by the date the case was reported to VAERS.
    • Entry Date order by the date that VAERS published the case.


Time Animations

Time Animations allows you to chart some of the fields in the chosen Cases, showing how they change over time. You must choose one of the five time factors in the database (date of vaccination, onset, death, submission to VAERS, or appearance in VAERS). You may also choose one additional axis to graph.

Time animations can be drawn as bubbles that move and grow over time (see below) or as traditional line or bar graphs.


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