April 29, 2010
by Kristin Johns
A two-year old girl died within 12 hours of receiving a new trivalent flu vaccine by CSL in Australia, 67 others suffered febrile convulsions, and at least 410 children in suffered from side effects like fever and vomiting.
So Australian health authorities have halted use of the vaccine for children under five while the issue is investigated. One possibility is that the children were more vulnerable to side effects from the vaccine, which includes swine flu as well as two strains of seasonal flu, because of having received the two-shot swine flu vaccine last year.
Although the relatively swift action seems commendable, some Australian parents are complaining that their kids had suffered reactions to last year’s swine flu vaccine and their concerns were dismissed without follow-up.