Immunisations save millions of lives each year. When vaccinating your children or yourself it is natural to wonder about possible side effects. Serious adverse events are rare, but a small number of people experience side effects such as a low grade fever, pain or redness at the injection site. To help with monitoring such events Pioneer Health is now using SmartVax. SmartVax is a program that sends a text message to patients to see if they experienced any reactions following an immunisation.
Anyone who responds that they experienced a reaction will be sent an SMS link to a 2 minute online survey that requests further detail about their reaction. Your vaccine provider at Pioneer Health is notified of any reactions you report, and information about suspected adverse events may be shared with public health authorities who use this information for monitoring vaccine safety.
For more information and some screen shots of the messages and survey, go to the SmartVax