Vaccines are a medication and like any drug there are possible side effects. If you or your child are experiencing an adverse event following an immunisation, it should be reported to your local government health authority.

Please see the list below for the appropriate body to report to, in your state or territory.

Author: Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Reviewed by: Adele Harris (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Date: January 2019

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family’s personal health. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult a healthcare professional.