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Manitoba health officials are investigating the deaths of two people who died within a week of getting the H1N1 vaccine shot.
However, the province's top doctor said it's unlikely the vaccine caused their deaths.
There have been 69 "adverse events" after people received the swine flu shot, and eight were considered serious, Dr. Joel Kettner said, adding that figure falls within the expected range of reaction to the vaccine.
The Public Health Agency of Canada describes serious adverse events as:
* Events that cause life-threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis, where the body experiences a massive allergic reaction or convulsions brought on by fever.
* Events that trigger neurological reactions such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, where a person experiences a sudden onset of weakness or paralysis.
* Events that result in hospitalization, disability, birth defects or death.
Originally posted by disfugured
How many died from the seasonal flu in the same time frame ?
You wont find that on the news will ya ?
The vaccine's manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, is asking governments to stop using vaccine doses from one particular lot shipment issued in late October.
The company says it's a cautionary move, pending an investigation.
Manitoba health officials say they have noticed severe allergic reactions from the batch in question at a rate of one in 20,000.
That's much higher than the normal rate of one in 100,000.