AusVaxSafety: influenza vaccine safety in Australia
Alternative title: Vaccine surveillance
AusVaxSafety is a national enhanced surveillance system to monitor adverse events following immunisation with influenza vaccine in children under 5 years of age. The Victorian vaccine safety surveillance is coordinated by SAEFVIC, based the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI)
The AusVaxSafety team are using Vaxtracker, a technological monitoring system where the parents/carers of children who have received influenza vaccine as part of good clinical care are offered participation and following consent, parents/carers are sent an SMS message or email 3-days after vaccination. They are asked to provide information on whether their child experienced any adverse event after vaccination. Each week, data from all parent/carer reports are combined and analysed.
This information helps parents and all health professionals involved in immunisation know that the vaccines being used are safe.
The information is also shared with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Australian Government Department of Health and the participating state health departments, all of whom have a shared responsibility for monitoring the safe use of vaccines.
Surveillance under AusVaxSafety commenced in March 2014 and up-to-date results on this important vaccine safety initiative are detailed on the website (details below)
SAEFVIC is the Victorian vaccine safety service. To report or discuss an adverse event following immunisation, please visit the website www.saefvic.org.au or telephone 1300 882 924 (option 1).
Reviewed by: Nigel Crawford (Paediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne)
Date: July 2014
Welcome to MVEC
The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) is a new web-based initiative, providing up-to-date immunisation information for healthcare professionals, parents and the public.
It is a collaboration between The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and its Melbourne Children’s campus partners (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne) and Monash Health.
MVEC aims to address common queries around vaccines and to promote the benefits of immunisation for both children and adults.