This seminar/webinar gives an overview of common expected and rarer serious adverse reactions following immunisation, the management and reporting of these adverse events.

Learn more about the resources available to support immunisation providers in discussions with patients/parents who have concerns about safety and adverse events. Real-life case study scenarios are presented by immunisation specialist service clinicians. Build your practical tool-kit and learn more about the referral services available around Australia.

Video resources:

Associate Professor Nigel Crawford
Nigel Crawford is Director of SAEFVIC (Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination in the Community), a vaccine safety and clinical immunisation research group based at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Having completed his medical undergraduate studies at Flinders University Adelaide, Dr Crawford has a masters of public health from Cardiff University, Wales and a Vaccinology PhD from The University of Melbourne. 

The SAEFVIC team is involved in the surveillance and follow-up of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) in Victoria. Established in 2007, they have had over 14,000 AEFI reports and have published extensively in the scientific literature regarding vaccine safety.

Nigel Crawford is also the Head of the Immunisation Service at The Royal Children's Hospital and an expert in the vaccination of special risk groups (e.g. immunosuppressed patients) and the clinical evaluation of adverse events following immunisation. Nigel has been a member of Australian Technical and Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) since 2014 and is the current chair of the Meningococcal working party

Dr Lucy Deng
Lucy Deng is a general paediatrician and staff-specialist at NCIRS. She is part of the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) team and reviews children who have experienced an adverse event following immunisation. Lucy is also currently undertaking a PhD in severe acute neurological events following immunisation. 

The NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) provides specialised immunisation advice to immunisation providers and families. It aims to provide better access to vaccination and to improve immunisation coverage for children with chronic medical conditions, their siblings and parents. The service includes a Specialist Immunisation Clinic to review and manage patients who have had an adverse event following immunisation and guide families who have concerns regarding vaccine safety. Families who are outside of the Sydney metropolitan area are offered consultations via a telehealth service. NSWISS also provides clinical advice and support to immunisation providers via a telephone advice line.

Last updated March 2023