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Child seriously ill as flu shots suspended
ABC News 23 April 2010
At least one child is seriously ill and dozens have suffered serious adverse reactions after receiving the free flu vaccine in Western Australia.
The Health Department has suspended the free flu vaccination program for children under five after a spike in admissions to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).
Health Minister Kim Hames says that in the past month, 45 otherwise healthy children have suffered fever, vomiting and febrile convulsions hours after receiving the vaccination.
Dr Hames says the program will be suspended until the department finishes an investigation.
The state's chief health officer, Tarun Weeramanthri, says the department is investigating whether the reactions were caused by a particular type of vaccine or batch.
"We are concerned that there's a much higher number of fever reactions than would be expected, and doctors at PMH have told us this," he said.
"Now we have to work out why, whether it's related to a particular type of vaccine or particular batch."
The manufacturer, CSL, says it is aware of the matter and is working closely with the Therapeutic Goods Administration and Western Australian authorities.
Dr Weeramanthri says parents should closely monitor their child if they have been vaccinated in the past 24 hours.
"Cool the child, [give them] paracetamol and make sure their temperature returns to normal," he said.
Worried parents can call Health Direct for more information on 1800 022 222 1800 022 222.
Last September, Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck reached a deal with Australian vaccine maker CSL Ltd. to distribute its Afluria seasonal flu shot in the U.S. for the flu seasons running from 2010-11 through 2015-16. CSL previously had been only a minor provider of flu shots among the five companies supplying the U.S. market, producing about 8 million Afluria doses last year.
As a result of the CSL deal, Merck will be marketing eight of the 10 vaccines U.S. health officials recommend for adults, on top of standard children's vaccines against diseases including chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B and Haemophilus influenza type B.
Originally posted by ChemBreather
the autism thing could be easily enogh be figured out. you compre 10 children that gets vaccineted up against 10 kids not vaccinated and see which batch gets the most autistc kids....
Originally posted by grantbeed
Not to mention the rotavirus vaccine that was found to be tainted with pig virus. Sorry to plug my own thread but I think it raises an eyebrow or two that this Australian case has happened now as well -