- 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
- Oh, it is the vaccine, alright, and it is time for the
WHO to admit it.
- Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, New Zealand Press
- (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
- 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 . Most northern
hemisphere countries begin flu vaccines in the lead up to winter.
Over 260 000 Fluvax doses were administered in March  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
- 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"
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