In March, The Washington Post reported that the FDA was looking into whether to ban the use of mercury-containing vaccines in children under the age of 6.
The report prompted many people to worry that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could also ban vaccines.
But a new study suggests that many vaccines are safe for children.
The researchers, from the University of Washington and the University at Albany, used data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, a system that tracks reports of vaccine-related adverse events to determine which vaccines are recommended for children under 6 years of age.
The study found that of the nearly 5,000 vaccines recommended for use in children ages 6 to 14, only 1,826 are not recommended because of safety concerns, according to a statement from the researchers.
The remaining 1,976 vaccines recommended by the CDC and the VAERS were considered safe.
“Because of their relatively small numbers, many vaccines that were recommended for a small population of children are still available in the marketplace,” the researchers wrote.
“The VAERS database provides a more comprehensive picture of the current vaccines in use in the United States than VAERS data has previously provided, and it has shown that there are relatively few vaccines currently being recommended for young children,” the study added.
Vaccine companies typically release new information on vaccine safety when it becomes available.
In response to the VAers data, the CDC recently updated its recommendations for children ages 2 through 14.
The report is published in the online journal Vaccine.