Australia’s active vaccine safety system

 

Influenza vaccine safety surveillance 2021

AusVaxSafety has commenced routine monitoring of the safety of 2021 seasonal influenza vaccines in all ages as at 29 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 15 April 2021

Flu vax safety map 9 April 2021

 

  • 6 months - <5 years

    Current as at 15 April 2021

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

    84.4%
    reported no adverse events

    84.4%
    reported no adverse events


     

    15.6%
    reported any adverse
    event, including...

     


     

    1.0%
    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.

     

     

    31 parent/carer 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

    Current as at 15 April 2021

    506 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...

     


     

    0.0%
    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

     

     

    21 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

    Current as at 15 April 2021

    4,346 Adults responded to an SMS about their health a
    few days after their influenza vaccinations.

    94.1%
    reported no adverse events

    94.1%
    reported no adverse events


     

    5.9%
    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

     

    258 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

    Current as at 15 April 2021

    9,986 Seniors 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...


     

    0.2%
    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

     

    547 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

    Current as at 15 April 2021

    127 Women 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...


     

    0.0%
    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.

     

    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.