Swine Flu (H1N1) Vaccine

Before you vaccinate ask:

  • Does my child really need this vaccination?
  • Is my child well enough to have this vaccine?
  • Has my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
  • Does my child or family have a history of:
    Vaccine reactions? Convulsions? Neurological disorders? 
    Allergies (asthma, antibiotics)? Immune system problems?
  • Do I have full information on the vaccine's side effects?
  • Do I know how to identify a vaccine reaction?
  • Do I know how and why my doctor should report a vaccine reaction?
  • Do I know the vaccine's name and batch number?
  • Do I know what chemicals and biological agents are in the vaccine?
  • Make informed vaccine decisions and help prevent vaccine reactions!

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 

Final Public Summary on UK Suspected Adverse Reaction Analysis 26th March 2010

Swine Flu (H1N1) Vaccines - Celvapan and Pandemrix

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/pl-p/documents/websiteresources/con078911.pdf


Baxter's Celvapan Product Information Leaflet

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/comms-ic/documents/websiteresources/con060023.pdf


GSK's Pandemrix Product Information Characteristics

http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/22352/SPC/Pandemrix+suspension+and+emulsion+for+emulsion+for+injection/

30th January 2011 YLE Finland

http://yle.fi/uutiset/health_official_swine_flu_vaccinations_for_children_possibly_a_mistake/2326931

'....The Chief Medical Officer of Finland's National Public Health Institute has conceded that it may have been unnecessary to vaccinate children and young people against swine flu. Dr Terhi Kilpi told the Väli-Suomi newspaper group's Sunday newspaper supplement that perhaps the vaccine should not have been given to 5-20 year-olds....'

3rd April 2011 Sunday Independent Ireland

http://www.independent.ie/health/swine-flu/gps-must-return-flu-vaccine-over-narcolepsy-fears-2607513.html

'...The Heath Service Executive (HSE) will remove all stocks of the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix from GPs' surgeries, the Sunday Independent has learned. The vaccine has been linked to the disabling sleep disorder, narcolepsy....'

'...Sweden's Medical Products Agency concluded that those under 20 vaccinated with Pandemrix may be four times as likely to develop narcolepsy than those who did not get the shot.

The Swedish findings by the Lakemedelsverket agency broadly reflect a recent study in Finland, though that investigation found that the risk of children suffering from narcolepsy was nine times higher among those vaccinated with Pandemrix.

Since August 2010, at least 12 countries have reported cases of narcolepsy, particularly among young people....'

jackie@jabs.org.uk © John Fletcher 2012