AUSVAXSAFETY summary report 2020: 4 month infographic
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12,071 parents/carers responded to an SMS about their child’s health a few days after their 4-month vaccinations. 89% reported no adverse events. 11% reported any adverse event, including 0.8% who reported taking their child to a doctor or emergency department in the days after vaccination. The adverse events they reported were similar to the types of adverse events reported overall. 1,381 parents/carers reported one or more adverse events. The most commonly reported were: irritability (535 reports), fever (524 reports), sleep pattern change (348 reports), tiredness (304 reports) and injection site swelling or redness (293 reports). These symptoms are known to occur after vaccination. They are generally mild and short-lived. These symptoms are also common in young children for other reasons (such as viral infection) and may not be related to vaccination. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who received these vaccines had the same rates and types of adverse events as other children. Vaccines given at 4 months in 2020 are Infanrix hexa (protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b and polio), Rotarix (protects against rotavirus) and Prevenar 13 (protects against pneumococcal disease).