Australia’s active vaccine safety system

Influenza vaccine safety surveillance 2020

AusVaxSafety has commenced routine monitoring of the safety of 2020 seasonal influenza vaccines in all ages as at 30 March. Influenza vaccine safety results are updated weekly on this page.

AusVaxSafety has monitored the safety of influenza vaccines administered to Australians of all ages since 2017. Since then, over 477,000 individuals or their parent/carer have provided details about any adverse events experienced after influenza vaccination and no safety signals have been identified.

As at 07/08/2020

 

  • 6 months - <5 years

    Last updated 06/08/2020

    35,944 Parents/carers responded to an SMS about their child’s health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    94.0%
    reported no adverse events

    94.0%
    reported no adverse events


    6.0%
    reported any adverse
    event, including...


    0.5%
    who reported taking their child
    to a doctor or emergency
    department in the days after
    vaccination.

    The adverse events they reported were similar to the types of adverse events reported overall

     

    2,168 parents/carers reported one or more adverse events.
    The most commonly reported were:



    These symptoms are known to occur after vaccination. They are generally mild and short-lived. These symptoms are also common in young children for other reasons (such as viral infection) and may not be related to vaccination.

  • 5 to <18 years

    Last updated 30/08/2020

    45,801 Parents/carers responded to an SMS about their child’s health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    95.8%
    reported no adverse events

    95.8%
    reported no adverse events


    4.2%
    reported any adverse
    event, including...


    0.2%
    who reported taking their child
    to a doctor or emergency
    department in the days after
    vaccination.

    The adverse events they reported were similar to the types of adverse events reported overall

     

    1,924 parents/carers reported one or more adverse events.
    The most commonly reported were:



    These symptoms are known to occur after vaccination. They are generally mild and short-lived. These symptoms are also common in young children for other reasons (such as viral infection) and may not be related to vaccination.

  • 18 -<65 years

    Last updated 06/08/2020

    118,026 Adults responded to an SMS about their health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    94.5%
    reported no adverse events

    94.5%
    reported no adverse events


    5.5%
    reported any adverse
    event, including...


    0.3%
    who reported going
    to a doctor or emergency
    department in the days after
    vaccination.

    The adverse events they reported were similar to the types of adverse events reported overall

     

    6,477 Adults reported one or more adverse events.
    The most commonly reported were:



    These symptoms are known to occur after vaccination. They are generally mild and short-lived.

  • >65 years

    Last updated 07/08/2020

    81,148 Seniors responded to an SMS about their health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    94.3%
    reported no adverse events

    94.3%
    reported no adverse events


    5.7%
    reported any adverse
    event, including...


    0.2%
    who reported going
    to a doctor or emergency
    department in the days after
    vaccination.

    The adverse events they reported were similar to the types of adverse events reported overall

     

    4,626 Seniors reported one or more adverse events.
    The most commonly reported were:



    These symptoms are known to occur after vaccination. They are generally mild and short-lived.

  • Pregnant women

    Last updated 07/08/2020

    3,899 Women responded to an SMS about their health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    95.2%
    reported no adverse events

    95.2%
    reported no adverse events


    4.8%
    reported any adverse
    event, including...


    0.3%
    who reported going
    to a doctor or emergency
    department in the days after
    vaccination.

    The adverse events they reported were similar to the types of adverse events reported overall

     

    189 Women reported one or more adverse events.
    The most commonly reported were:



    These symptoms are known to occur after vaccination. They are generally mild and short-lived.

For 2019 influenza vaccine safety data, click here.