In Australia, monitoring of adverse vaccine reactions, officially called Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI), is by way of passive surveillance, ie. initiated by the reporter. It is estimated that less than 10% of adverse vaccine reactions are ever reported.
What is an AEFI?
The Australian Department of Health defines an AEFI as any serious or unexpected adverse event that occurs after a vaccination has been given which may be related to the vaccine itself or to its handling or administration.
Source: Therapeutic Goods Administration
Report an AEFI
If you suspect that you or one of your loved ones has suffered an adverse vaccine reaction (AEFI), it is incumbent on you to ensure this is duly reported to Australia’s vaccine regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Anyone can report an AEFI, so if your doctor refuses to make a report, you can and should do so yourself.
Note that it is not necessary to establish causation in order to report an AEFI.
1. Please fill out our Vaccine Reaction Report form below, which we will forward to the TGA.
2. You may also report an AEFI directly to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) using their online form.
3. All state and territory health departments (except Tasmania’s ) also accept AEFI reports for National Immunisation Program vaccines which are then forwarded to the TGA. For more information, check with your state/territory health department.
Database of Adverse Event Notifications
The TGA hosts a searchable database which you can use to verify that your AEFI report has been duly recorded.