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HealthPartners Institute gets $2.3 million grant to continue monitoring safety of vaccines

September 8, 2017

HealthPartners Institute will continue its work in the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) with a $2.3 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control. The VSD is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several large health care organizations in the United States. The goal of the VSD is to evaluate and monitor the ongoing use of vaccines. Findings from VSD studies are frequently presented at the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and have impacted vaccine recommendations in the US. This work also supports our Children’s Health Initiative. Elyse Kharbanda, MD, MPH is leading this project for HealthPartners Institute.

“I think there is a lot of misinformation and misconception about vaccines,” said Kharbanda. “I would like people to understand that there is a lot of work and research and thought put into continuously monitoring the vaccines that are administered. In general, we believe the recommendations are safe.”

About HealthPartners Institute

HealthPartners Institute is part of HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. One of the largest medical research and education centers in the Midwest, the Institute has about 450 studies underway each year, trains more than 500 medical residents and fellows and more than 500 students, and provides continuing medical education for 25,000 clinicians as well as patient education and clinical quality improvement. For more information, visit

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