Alert for Flu vaccine In Australia for Kids under 5

Children’s flu( influenza) vaccine suspended

There has been an alert put out for the influenza vaccine  for children under 5 years old. The decision comes after 23 children in Perth suffered severe adverse reactions to flu injections including high fevers and seizures.That has resulted in the indefinite suspension of seasonal flu vaccinations for children under the age of five.

what is this flu ( influenza) vaccine ?

The Influenza vaccine, also known as a Flu Shot, is an annual vaccine to protect against the highly variable influenza virus. Each injected seasonal influenza vaccine contains three influenza viruses: one A (H3N2) virus, one regular seasonal A (H1N1) virus (not the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus), and one B virus.

West Australian mum Sharon had her three-year-old daughter and her one-year-old twins vaccinated two weeks ago.
They had their flu shots at four o’clock in the afternoon. She told ABC local radio in Perth that things started to go wrong just three hours later.Sharon said her her three-year-old started shaking. She went purple and she was trembling and she couldn’t stop. So she rushed her down to Midland hospital.While she was at the hospital she got a phone call from her husband saying the twins were vomiting and were very sick. So she raced home to them. The little one started convulsions and it was horrific.

fluvax influenza  vaccine australia“Influenza vaccination is the most effective method for preventing influenza virus infection and its potentially severe complications.” In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting influenza can get vaccinated. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of serious influenza complications or people who live with or care for people at higher risk for serious complications

University of Western Australia school of Paediatrics and Child Health Associate Professor Peter Richmond said that only Fluvax – { [PDF] Fluvax(R) } produced by Australia’s biggest biopharmaceutical company CSL – was being used to vaccinate children in WA. Fluvax (Influenza virus vaccine) is indicated for immunisation against influenza.

Dr Richmond said researchers were trying to determine whether it was the entire vaccine, or just batches, that had caused the problems which today prompted Australia’s chief medical officer to tell doctors to stop giving the vaccine to children. ( Ref: wa today )

Commonwealth chief medical officer Jim Bishop issued a national warning to GPs not to use the vaccine followed a decision last night by the WA government to suspend the free vaccination program for children under five over concerns it was causing high fevers and convulsions.

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What is flu?

The flu (or common flu) is a viral infection that is spread from person to person in secretions of the nose and lungs, for example when sneezing. Medically, it is referred to as influenza. Flu is a respiratory infection, that is, an infection that develops primarily in the lungs. Respiratory infections caused by other viruses often are called flu, but this is incorrect. Influenza usually causes higher fever, more malaise, and severe body aches than other respiratory infections. Although other viruses may cause these symptoms, they do so less commonly.

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