Journal article

Consumer reporting of adverse events following immunization

Hazel J Clothier, Gowri Selvaraj, Mee Lee Easton, Georgina Lewis, Nigel W Crawford, Jim P Buttery

Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2014


Surveillance of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) is an essential component of vaccine safety monitoring. The most commonly utilized passive surveillance systems rely predominantly on reporting by health care providers (HCP). We reviewed adverse event reports received in Victoria, Australia since surveillance commencement in July 2007, to June 2013 (6 years) to ascertain the contribution of consumer (vaccinee or their parent/guardian) reporting to vaccine safety monitoring and to inform future surveillance system development directions. Categorical data included were: reporter type; serious and non-serious AEFI category; and, vaccinee age group. Chi-square test and 2-sample test o..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the health care providers and consumers who made reports to our service and the SAEFVIC immunisation nurses and administration staff who receive and enter the reports. SAEFVIC is a Victorian Department of Health funded collaboration between the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Monash Health and Melbourne Health.