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November 25, 2009

Severe reactions to swine flu vaccine in Canada

A batch of the vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been recalled following an unusual number of severe allergic reactions to swine flu vaccinations. Of every 100 reports of adverse effects, five are "serious cases" such as, for example, death.

GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman Gwenan White told AFP that the affected doses of its Aprepanrix vaccine had caused reactions to the heart and lungs. Ms. White added that some 172,000 doses are involved, although she declined to reveal how many of those had already been used.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 25, 2009 09:28 AM