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 Quinns Mindarie Super Clinic 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 Quinns Mindarie Super Clinic 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 website.
We care for our patients with real-time vaccine safety monitoring
Food allergy is increasing in Australia and current research shows that by introducing the common allergy causing foods to babies before their 1st birthday can reduce the risk of them developing an allergy to that food. Current guidelines from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology (ASCIA) recommend solids be introduced around 6 months of age and when your baby is ready. Foods to include are common allergy causing foods such as cooked egg and smooth peanut paste.
SmartStart Allergy is a collaboration between SmartVax and the National Allergy Strategy that uses SMS and smart phone technology to educate parents about food allergies in infants 6 months of age to 12 months of age.
For more information about the program, how it works, including the list of common allergy causing foods please click the following: