Global Vaccine Safety

Report on the third Global Vaccine Safety Meeting

The Third Global Vaccine Safety meeting took place in Tianjin, China on 13-14 October 2014. This general meeting guides the Global Vaccine Safety Initiative (GVSI), which is the implementation mechanism for the Global Vaccine Safety Blueprint.

During two days, immunization programme managers and national regulatory authorities pharmacovigilance staff from more than thirty countries gathered with representatives from UN agencies, academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies umbrella organizations, partners and funding agencies. Participants reported on initiatives relevant to the Blueprint objectives, shared experiences to strengthen vaccine pharmacovigilance, and identified needs and opportunities for further development.

Standard WHO AEFI investigation form to aid AEFI investigation

Investigation of serious AEFI is required to determine the cause and implement follow-up actions. A thorough systematic process helps identify preventable AEFI such as immunization errors and also ascertain coincidental events. Prompt and explicit action is important to maintain public confidence in immunization programmes. The Standard WHO AEFI investigation form is a tool that accompanies the WHO causality assessment methodology.

Evidence on safety of immunization during pregnancy – GACVS review

Vaccination of pregnant women may provide important benefits to mother, infant or both. WHO already recommends the use of several vaccines during pregnancy and some very promising new ones are in the pipeline. However, addressing the safety of immunization during pregnancy faces many challenges. This includes in particular the limited data available about safety in pregnant women, theoretical concerns about fetal risk, manufacturers’ liability concerns and methodological issues in assessing vaccine safety.

To address this, GACVS established a new sub-group in 2011. This report presents an overview of the relevant literature on safety data in this important group.

WHO publishes the first edition of the Vaccine Safety Net Newsletter

The World Health Organization (WHO) developed this new publication in response to the growing amount of misinformation regarding vaccine safety on the internet. The newsletter aims to disseminate news and information about the WHO Vaccine Safety Net (VSN); foster communication and synergy among VSN members; and promote good information practices for websites providing vaccine safety information.

GVSI highlights