Monday, November 23, 2009

Swine flu vaccine investigated for rare side effects

A study to identify any rare side effects of the swine flu vaccination is being launched by scientists in Dundee.

Although already tested as part of the licensing process, the new study will focus on any effects not picked up by routine clinical trials of the vaccine.

The study will also include people who have declined to be vaccinated.

The swine flu treatment has already been offered to at-risk groups in Scotland, including children aged from six months to five years.

Those overseeing the research said people taking part would be assessed for up to a year after receiving the vaccination to monitor its effects.

The study team plan to use internet and mobile phone technology to streamline the data collection and processing.

'Extremely rare'

Those who were offered the jab but decided not to take it are also being invited to take part in the research to allow comparisons to be drawn between the different groups.

The nation-wide study is being run by the Medicines Monitoring Unit (MEMO), University of Dundee, in collaboration with the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) in Southampton.

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