For patients who have been immunized, ensure that they know who to reach out to in case of any potential side effects or adverse events. Even if you are not providing immunizations, your patients may come to you to report side effects or adverse events.

Symptom Monitoring

Especially as these are new vaccines, it is important to ensure we monitor our patients for any potential side effects and adverse events.

As part of the patient information, there should be a clear process for them to be comfortable reaching out with potential side effects, etc.

Common Side Effects

Some common side effects being reported to date include:

  • Pain or swelling where the vaccine was given
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or joint soreness
  • Nausea and vomiting

These can happen days to even over a week after the immunization.

The Centre for Effective Practice has some short summaries for each vaccine:

Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) Reporting

If your patient has side effects or an Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI), please report it through your provincial reporting system.

Alberta’s AEFI Reporting Requirements

In Alberta, Adverse Events Following Immunization must be reported to the AHS AEFI team within three (3) days of the health practitioner determining or being informed that a patient has had an AEFI that has not yet been reported. The process is outlined here:

Include information to each client on participation in CANVAS’ active surveillance process for adverse events following immunization. A poster to support patient enrollment is available.

BC’s AEFI Reporting Requirements

BC has a general AEFI reporting process:

Manitoba’s AEFI Reporting Requirements

If your patient has side effects or an adverse event related to an immunization, please report it through the Manitoba provincial reporting system. (PHIMS) or through a PDF Form

New Brunswick’s AEFI Reporting Requirements

Newfoundland’s AEFI Reporting Requirements

Nova Scotia’s AEFI Reporting Requirements

Ontario’s AEFI Reporting Requirements

Please report any AEFI to Public Health Ontario through your local public health office. Process Overview is here and the fillable PDF is available online:

PEI’s AEFI Reporting Requirements

PEI reporting is through the Provincial Safety Management System

Quebec’s AEFI Reporting Requirements

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We have not received specific provincial content for here, please refer to the national materials or your provincial CDC site.

Saskatchewan’s AEFI Reporting Requirements

Saskatchewan requires reporting of all Adverse Events as per this letter:

Provincial AEFI Reporting Requirements

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Alberta

In Alberta, Adverse Events Following Immunization must be reported to the AHS AEFI team within three (3) days of the health practitioner determining or being informed that a patient has had an AEFI that has not yet been reported. The process is outlined here:

Include information to each client on participation in CANVAS’ active surveillance process for adverse events following immunization. A poster to support patient enrollment is available

BC

BC has a general AEFI reporting process:

Manitoba

If your patient has side effects or an adverse event related to an immunization, please report it through the Manitoba provincial reporting system. (PHIMS) or through a PDF Form

Ontario

Please report any AEFI to Public Health Ontario through your local public health office. Process Overview is here and the fillable PDF is available online:

PEI

PEI reporting is through the Provincial Safety Management System

Quebec

Nous n’avons pas reçu de contenu provincial spécifique pour ici, veuillez vous référer aux documents nationaux ou à votre site CDC provincial.

We have not received specific provincial content for here, please refer to the national materials or your provincial CDC site.

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan requires reporting of all Adverse Events as per this letter:

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