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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.

Below are the phone numbers you can ring to report adverse events in the various Australian states and territories.

Further information on reporting AEFIs can be found on Immunise Australia.

Stimulated Telephone Assisted Rapid Safety Surveillance (STARSS)



T: +61 8 8313 9184
F: +61 8 8161 7031