AusVaxSafety - Vaccine safety surveillance system
AusVaxSafety was established in 2014 to monitor adverse events following immunization (AEFI) with influenza vaccines in children. Fast-forward to 2017, and AusVaxSafety has evolved into a multicomponent system providing national real-time vaccine safety data for adults and children by actively monitoring pertussis, zoster and influenza vaccines. Soon, AusVaxSafety will conduct active vaccine safety surveillance for all National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines.
AusVaxSafety components include solicited active participant-based surveillance data collected through SMS and email; AEFI clinical investigation and management; and active vaccine safety monitoring using de-identified patient information from General Practices.
Led by the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health (DOH), AusVaxSafety is a collaboration between immunisation providers, private enterprise, research institutions, State and Territory Governments and the DOH. This collaboration has significantly enhanced Australia’s ability to monitor, detect and respond to potential safety signals.