Date published: 
7 December 2018
Intended audience: 
General public

In Australia, children receive vaccines against serious diseases through the National Immunisation Program. They receive these vaccines at key ages (called schedule points): 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months, and 4 years.

AusVaxSafety is a national system for monitoring vaccine safety in Australia. The first annual report from AusVaxSafety summarises information from parents and carers who responded to an SMS about their child's health a few days after receiving a vaccine at routine National Immunisation Program schedule points in 2016-17.  

The report includes infographics providing a visual representation of the information collected through those responses, including the number of parents and carers who responded and health information about their children.

A separate infographic summarises responses from parents and carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who receive additional vaccines at the 12 and 18 month schedule points.

The results confirm that vaccines in the National Immunisation Program are safe.

Read the AusVaxSafety summary report 2016-17.