Reporting Adverse Events

Any adverse events (reactions) following vaccination should be reported to the New Zealand Pharmacoviligance Centre’s Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM), based at Otago University in Dunedin and contracted by the Ministry of Health. The pamphlets provided by Immunisation
 Providers do not include a full list of adverse events so it is important to research this for yourself.

It is estimated that less than 10% of all adverse reactions are ever reported.

WAVESnz maintains an independent database of serious adverse reactions to vaccines. Parents and health professionals who believe a child has experienced an adverse reaction to a vaccine or vaccines, are encouraged to report this to the vaccination provider and request them to file a report to CARM.

Adverse reactions can be reported by consumers to CARM at the following link:

Vaccination is not a requirement to attend school or to receive any benefits or maternity care.

At this stage, there are no plans to make vaccination compulsory in New Zealand.

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