Alarm bells have started ringing after it was found that children under five in Australia who had been given seasonal flu jabs suffered from fits at a rate that was ten times higher than normal.
Doctors have been alerted to use alternatives. Adults were not affected.
Up to one in 100 children given the jab, made in Australia by CSL and marketed in the UK by Pfizer, suffered febrile convulsions in the following hours and days, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Seasonal flu vaccines contain three strains identified by the World Health Organisation as the most common in circulation that year; this year the vaccines contain the pandemic strain H1N1, noted the Telegraph.
For the full story, Flu jab linked to fits in under fives: officials (telegraph.co.uk)
Really makes you wonder how these vaccines get approved in the first place and what kind of safety trials they do. Tip your hat to Big Pharma.