Texting vax reactions may boost safety

A group of researchers led by Perth-based general practitioner Dr Alan Leeb used prototype software called SmartVax to send an SMS to adult patients and parents of children who received vaccines asking if they had experienced an adverse event following immunisation (AEFI).

More than 72% of 3226 patients vaccinated over 19 months responded, with 11% (264) reporting mostly minor systemic or local reactions.

Half the patients responded within 10 minutes of receiving the SMS, and more than 80% of

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