Friday, November 20, 2009

H1N1 vaccine recalled after severe reactions

In Canada-
More than 100,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine are being withdrawn across the country, after Manitoba health officials announced Thursday they'd noticed a higher-than-usual number of allergic reactions from the batch.
Vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline has asked several provinces to set aside 170,000 doses from the questionable batch.

GSK say the batch recall is a precaution an they will investigate to see whether there is something wrong with the batch.
Here is the problem:
One or two allergic reactions were expected in a batch that size. But health officials recorded six severe allergic reactions and alerted GSK. The six who developed anaphylaxis all recovered.
Anaphylaxis reactions are deadly serious.

So the number recalled is actually closer to 200,000 doses! Wondering why the low ball estimating in the opening paragraph when the number is quite a bit higher? How much of this "questionable batch" has already been administered?
Glaxo Smith Kline has asked "several provinces". Which provinces?
I only see three provinces mentioned in the article Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba. Are these the only provinces that received the questionable batch of vaccine?

The 6 severe reactions were all reported in Manitoba. Were these possible vaccine related deaths, both from Manitoba, related to the recalled vaccine?

Health officials investigate deaths of two people who were recently vaccinated

Health Officials in Manitoba aren't saying much about two people who died shortly after receiving the H1N1 vaccine other than they were adults and died within a week of being vaccinated.

One family is asking aloud if the vaccine was the problem - Family questions if H1N1 shot caused Manitoba woman's death

This woman died, and her daughter who is seven years old is also hospitalized after receiving the vaccination - read the complete story at above link.

This story about the questionable batch of H1N1 vaccine is a good segue to this video, a news report out of Poland on contaminated vaccine, lots of it... take a few minutes.
How did 72 kilos of vaccine, from Baxter, get contaminated?

Link News report from Poland

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