Vaccines are medications and like any medication, there are possible side effects or adverse events. Serious adverse events from immunisation are extremely rare. If you or your child has experienced an adverse event it should be reported to your local government health authority for follow up and management.
Please see the list below for the appropriate body to report to, according to your state or territory.
- South Australia Health 1300 232 272 http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/
- Tasmania (Direct to the TGA) 1800 044 114 http://www.tga.gov.au/
- Victoria (SAEFVIC) 1300 882 924 (Option 1) https://www.aefican.org.au/Home/Info/VIC
- Western Australia State Health Department WAVVS (08) 9321 1312 wavss.health.wa.gov.au
- Australian Capital Territory Health Department (02) 6205 2300 http://www.health.act.gov.au/
- New South Wales Public Health Units 1300 066 055 http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/
- Northern Territory Department of Health (08) 8922 8044 NT AEFI form
- Queensland Health (07) 3328 9888 http://www.health.qld.gov.au/
It is important to note that these services do not provide emergency care and are reporting services only.
If you require medical assistance please see your GP, local emergency department or dial 000 if immediate support is required.
Author: Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)
Reviewed by: Adele Harris (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)
Date: July 2020
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.