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 to the vaccination provider and request them to file a report to CARM.

Consumers can self- report adverse reactions to CARM at

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