Australia’s active vaccine safety system
Following the introduction of mandatory influenza vaccination for staff working in high risk clinical areas in New South Wales in 2018, Vaxtracker conducted active surveillance for adverse events following immunisation utilising an automated online survey to vaccine recipients at three and 42 days post immunisation.
The results have been published in the journal Vaccine in March 2019 [P. Cashman, S. Moberley, K. Chee, J. Stephenson, et al. Participant centred safety surveillance of health care workers receiving influenza vaccination. The results of the surveillance revealed that the system was acceptable to staff, and the data demonstrated rates of reported symptoms within expected rates for influenza vaccines from clinical trials. Participant centred real-time safety surveillance proved useful in this staff influenza vaccination context, providing reassurance with expected rates and profile of common adverse events following staff influenza vaccination.
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