Australia’s active vaccine safety system

  • 6 months -<3 years

    Influenza vaccine safety surveillance

    Surveillance of 2019 influenza vaccine safety commenced from 1 April 2019 and concluded on # September 2019. More than 200,000 participants have provided feedback via SMS following their vaccination. The current reported event rates are consistent with existing data on influenza vaccines and no safety signals have been detected. For more information on how AusVaxSafety conducts active vaccine safety surveillance click here.

    24,871 Parents/carers responded to an SMS about their child’s health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    93.9%
    reported no adverse events

    93.9%
    reported no adverse events


    6.1%
    reported any adverse
    event, including...


    0.8%
    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

     

    1,526 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.

  • 3-<5 years

    3-<5 years

    14,024 Parents/carers responded to an SMS about their child’s health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    93.6%
    reported no adverse events

    93.6%
    reported no adverse events


    6.4%
    reported any adverse
    event, including...


    0.6%
    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

     

    891 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-<18 years

    5-<18 years

    37,710 Parents/carers responded to an SMS about their child’s health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    95%
    reported no adverse events

    95%
    reported no adverse events


    5%
    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

     

     

    1,903 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

    18 - <65 years

    89,965 Adults responded to an SMS about their health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    93.9%
    reported no adverse events

    93.9%
    reported no adverse events


    6.1%
    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

     

    444 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

    >65 years

    69,996 Seniors responded to an SMS about their health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    93.9%
    reported no adverse events

    93.9%
    reported no adverse events


    6.1%
    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

     

    4,272 Senoirs 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

    Pregnant women

    3,718 Women responded to an SMS about their health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    95.5%
    reported no adverse events

    95.5%
    reported no adverse events


    5.5%
    reported any adverse
    event, including...


    0.5%
    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

     

    204 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.