SAEFVIC or Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community is a public health parnership initiative of the Victorian Immunisation Program funded by the Department of Health, Victoria.

This specialist service has been established to help immunisation providers report and look after children and adults who have had an Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI).

SAEFVIC is based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, within the Royal Children's Hospital, with specialised clinics offering expert review, and if needed, vaccination under careful supervision at

  • Royal Children's Hospital
  • Monash Medical Centre and,
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital

AEFI may be due to:

  • A problem with the vaccine
  • A problem with the system delivering the vaccine (from vaccine distribution through to injection technique)
  • Coincidence, i.e. an event that would have happened if no immunisation was given

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 Victoria has a safe immunisation program and to maintain the community confidence in our program.