Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC) is the central reporting service in Victoria for any significant adverse events following immunisations (AEFI).
What is an adverse event?
- An Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) can be any unexpected or serious outcome that happens following administration of a vaccine. It may be related to the vaccine itself, handling of the vaccine or its administration. An AEFI can be coincidentally associated with the timing of immunisation without necessarily being caused by the vaccine or immunisation process.
Who can report an AEFI?
- An AEFI can be reported by the patient, patient’s guardian or immunisation provider.
Note: SAEFVIC is not an emergency contact. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9am – 4 pm
Please see your GP, local Emergency Department, or call 000 if immediate assistance is required.
What AEFI should be reported?
- Any event felt to be significant following immunisation should be reported. You do not need to report common/minor/expected reactions, however any vaccine reaction which has affected a family’s confidence in future immunisation can and should be reported.
What happens following an AEFI report to SAEFVIC?
- Where consent has been obtained, advice will be provided to the patient and immunisation provider and/or reporter as appropriate.
- Expert clinical consultation is offered (referral required) at either the Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville (RCH – Children) or Monash Health, Clayton (MH- Children and Adults).
- Telehealth video consultation is available for regional patients
- We can offer individualised assessment on the adverse event and outline options regarding future vaccinations if required.
- Following serious AEFI, the next immunisation doses can often be given under supervision at the specialised clinics, or as a monitored hospital inpatient.
- Feedback will be provided to immunisation providers/reporters.
Why report to SAEFVIC?
- Individualised clinical assistance for patients and families affected by an AEFI.
- SAEFVIC will confidentially collect, analyse and report data about significant AEFI as part of monitoring vaccine safety in Victoria.
- Any trends are notified and investigated quickly, with close liaison with Victorian and National Health Authorities.
- For online reporting of AEFI please head to SAEFVIC
- To report via fax or post please utilise the SAEFVIC reporting form
- For educational resources and interesting case studies please follow the MVEC link to SAEFVIC education articles
Reviewed by: Nigel Crawford (Director, SAEFVIC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute), Georgie Lewis (Clinical manager, SAEFVIC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)
Date: February 2018
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