The Western Australian Vaccine Safety Surveillance (WAVSS) system is the reporting service in WA for any significant adverse events following immunisations (AEFI). It is now part of the national reporting hub called SAFEVAC
WAVSS provides expert immunisation safety advice to reporters and healthcare workers, and can provide clinical services for children and adults who have experienced an AEFI.
An AEFI may be due to:
For more information on what an AEFI is, and when to report one, please refer to the following websites:
AEFIs may be reported by:
If required, please see Guide to reporting a AEFI for further information.
Other immunisation providers, parents/guardians or vaccinated individuals may also report adverse events.
By getting as much information as we can about AEFI, we make sure we detect possible problems with vaccines or systems as early as possible if they do occur.
This helps to ensure Western Australia has a safe immunisation program and to maintain community confidence in our program.
Whilst WAVSS can provide advice to clinicians regarding AEFI assessment, it cannot provide acute management advice to patients. If you are experiencing side effects after vaccination seem severe or persist, or if you have any concerns:
Operating hours for the WAVSS team are 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays). The online system is always available.