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Seasonal Flu Vax Reactions
Spread To New Zealand

From Patricia Doyle, PhD
Hello Jeff - I sent you a previous post on the situation with children and babies having some very serious reactions, such as seizures, to the current flu vaccine being given out in Australia and New Zealand. This vaccine is a trivalent that contains the pandemic H1N1.
The World Health Organization "experts" came out and basically played down the problem with the vaccine by stating that the people affected had vaccine from different batches indicating that maybe it wasn't the vaccine. Well, now the reactions are happening in New Zealand.  
Oh, it is the vaccine, alright, and it is time for the WHO to admit it.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, New Zealand Press Association 
(NZPA) report (edited)
New Zealand [NZ] children have suffered convulsions from a flu  vaccination following reports of similar reactions in Australia [see:  Pediatric influenza vaccine - Australia: adverse reactions 20100428.1368].
Last week [week of 19 Apr 2010], the NZ Ministry of Health advised  doctors against using Fluvax on children. On Wednesday [28 Apr 2010],  New Zealand's Health Ministry chief adviser for child and youth  health Pat Tuohy told politicians that 5 children had been reported  to have suffered febrile convulsions in New Zealand since Friday [23 Apr 2010].
Australia's chief medical officer had already suspended seasonal flu  vaccinations for children under 5 following concerns stemming from a  significant rise in the number of Australian children developing a  fever after receiving the vaccine. A 2-year-old child was found dead  in her cot on 9 Apr 2010, [one] day after she and her twin sister  were given the seasonal flu vaccination by a private Brisbane GP  [General Practitioner]. The case continues to be investigated.
As of 6 pm (AEST) on Tuesday [27 Apr 2010], Queensland Health had  received 95 notifications of Queenslanders who'd had adverse  reactions after receiving the seasonal flu vaccine. Of those 95  cases, 41 related to children aged 5 and under. And in Western  Australia, flu shots have caused adverse reactions in 251 children under 5.
The NZ Health Ministry was in regular contact with its Australian  counterpart and a teleconference was scheduled to try and garner more  information, he said. On present advice there was no reason for  children, especially those at high risk, to stop receiving other  types of flu vaccines, Dr Tuohy said. Children at a high risk were  considered to be those who had an underlying chronic condition, such  as asthma or diabetes, or those at risk for other reasons including  those from low socio-economic families.
While there had been more reports of severe reactions, including the  5 febrile convulsions, there were also more children receiving the  vaccine and people were more likely to report reactions due to the  media attention.
Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore were the only countries to use  the [Fluvax] vaccine so far this year [2010]. Most northern  hemisphere countries begin flu vaccines in the lead up to winter.  Over 260 000 Fluvax doses were administered in March [2010] and the  ministry said supplies were now likely to be low. More supplies of  [an] alternative vaccine -- Vaxigrip -- were expected from Europe  this week [week of 26 Apr 2010].
Communicated by:
Viki Hansen-Landis, MPH, CHES
Senior Medical Communications Specialist
Medical Information and Analysis Team
3600 Horizon Boulevard, Suite 300
Trevose, PA 19053
Fluvax, marketed by the CSL company, is a trivalent seasonal flu  vaccine, which includes the pandemic A(H1N1) virus. CSL's Fluvax is  available in adult and pediatric formulations. It is an inactivated  split-virus vaccine that does not include an adjuvant. It contains  the flu strains recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)  for the Southern Hemisphere's seasonal flu vaccine: that is, the  pandemic A(H1N1), an influenza A Perth-like H3N2, and a Brisbane-like  influenza B. In February 2010 the WHO recommended similar strains for  the Northern Hemisphere's next flu season.
It is unclear at present to what extent the adverse reactions are  related to an individual component of the vaccine, or the whole CSL  vaccine, or one or more production batches of the vaccine. Further  information is awaited. The adverse reactions appear to comprise  predominantly febrile convulsions. The autopsy findings from the  single fatality in Australia were inconclusive and indeed this case  may be unrelated to the subsequent vaccine-related cases, which have  been observed in several Australian states and now in New Zealand. - Mod.CP
The HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of New Zealand is 
available at <http://healthmap.org/r/00c3>. - Sr.Tech.Ed.MJ
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at:http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa Go with God and in Good Health 

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