After a Vaccination
Reporting Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFIs) in Australia
Most vaccines can cause mild reactions which only last a few days and disappear without the need for medical treatment. To ensure that you receive the best medical care after a vaccination, a standard protocol is usually followed by your immunisation provider:
Straight After the Vaccination
After receiving a vaccination, your health care provider will ask you to take a seat for at least 15 minutes to ensure that in the unlikely event of an immediate reaction, you can receive immediate medical care. You should be provided with a record card with the details of the vaccination and/or a leaflet with information about the type of mild reactions that can be expected and information on reporting adverse events. It is important to keep this informational leaflet for future reference.
Hours to Days After the Vaccination
When symptoms seem severe, persist or cause concern, it is advisable to seek further advice from the GP/nurse or other immunisation provider who administered the vaccination. Outside of working hours, Health Direct Australia is able to offer advice on 1800 022 222.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STARSS STUDY PARTICIPANTS:
If you received SMS texts from the STARSS Study in the last 1 to 2 weeks and have sought health advice or contacted the resources below, please reply “YES” to the last SMS text reminder you received from us.
Below are the phone numbers you can ring to report adverse events in the various Australian states and territories.
- South Australia - Immunisation Section, Department of Health - 1300 232 272
- Victoria - SAFEVIC - 03 9345 4143
- Western Australia - State Health Department - WAVSS - 08 9321 1312
- New South Wales - NSW Government - Health - 1300 066 055
- Queensland - Queensland Health - 07 3328 9888 or complete an AEFI initial report form available from the Queensland Government - Immunisation website
- Australian Capital Territory - ACT Health Department – 02 6205 2300
- Northern Territory - NT Department of Health - 08 8922 8044
- Tasmania - Direct to TGA - 1800 044 114
Further information on reporting AEFIs can be found on Immunise Australia.