Global Vaccine Safety

National workshop on AEFI causality assessment and vaccine safety communications - Ukraine

At request of the ministry of health (MoH) Ukraine, WHO organized an Advanced AEFI Causality Assessment and Communications Training in Kiev, 17-21 August 2015. The 16 participants included experts from MoH, National Immunization Program, Department for post marketing surveillance of medicines, immunobiologicals and vaccines, Communication experts, Paediatric immunologists, AEFI committee members, Academicians and WHO country office and UNICEF Ukraine.

Coordinated by staff from WHO HQ, EURO and a vaccine safety expert from Dalhousie University, Canada, the workshop focused on enhancing capacity to strengthen AEFI surveillance, improve AEFI reporting, investigation and causality assessment practices and communicate effectively on vaccine safety issues. The uniqueness of this training was the inclusion of the communication component into the training sessions. Participants learnt to prepare and prioritise action for vaccine safety-related events and also learnt how to address difficult questions posed by the media and the public.

GACVS highlight of June 2015 meeting

The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) held its 32nd meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on 10-11 June 2015. The Committee examined the experience with monitoring dissemination of vaccine safety information via the internet and methodological issues related to developing and maintaining information sheets on vaccine safety. It also reviewed recent data related to the safety of novel vaccines against Ebola virus and dengue and the safety profile of a vaccine against malaria. GACVS findings and recommendations were published in the WHO Weekly epidemiological record on 17 July 2015.

Revised aide-memoire on AEFI investigation

In October 2014, a Global Manual on Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) was published by WHO and is currently available online. The Global Manual outlines a systematic, standardized process to investigate reported AEFI and ascertain the underlying cause. This aide-memoire is a synopsis of the AEFI investigation methodology that complements the Global Manual and replaces the previous aide-memoire. It provides the investigator a quick reference guide on systematically investigating the AEFI to enable the identification of the cause and classifying the event based on the revised WHO causality assessment methodology. It also includes an approach to investigating deaths after immunization.

Second edition of the Vaccine Safety Net (VSN) newsletter

We are pleased to share with you the second edition of the Vaccine Safety Net (VSN) newsletter. In this edition, you will have the opportunity to learn about Vaccine Safety Net new developments and future plans, VSN members’ latest news, publications, campaigns and initiatives, mobile applications among other alternative ways of communicating about vaccine safety, and WHO recently published tools and resources for vaccine pharmacovigilance. As for each edition, a special focus is given to one of our members: this month VSN shines the spotlight on the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a member since 2004.

GVSI highlights