Monday, November 9, 2009

23 reports of adverse reactions to swine flu vaccines

Swine flu update: 23 reports of adverse reactions to swine flu vaccines

The Irish Medicine Board (IMB) has received 23 reports of suspected adverse reactions to the Pandemic H1N1 vaccines Pandemrix and Celvapan.

As of 12 noon on Thursday November 5, seven suspected adverse reactions occurred in children and four in pregnant women.

The cases included injection site reactions (e.g. pain, swelling, bruising) or general adverse effects already listed in the product information based on the experience in the clinical trials — such as nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, fever, fatigue, headache, dizziness and suspected allergic reactions.

The IMB has received four reports in total of suspected allergic reactions to the Pandemic H1N1 vaccines. The Board has reminded healthcare professionals that, as with all injectable vaccines, appropriate medical treatment and supervision should always be readily available in case of a serious allergic reaction and in the event of a possible rare anaphylactic event.

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