High rate of convulsions and fever in vaccinated children within 24 hours of getting the seasonal flu vaccine.
A spike in young children in Western Australia experiencing fever and convulsions following seasonal flu vaccinations has prompted Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jim Bishop, to call for doctors to stop giving seasonal flu vaccine to children five years and under, until iit is a cause is established.
“This is a precautionary measure while the matter is being urgently investigated by health experts and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA),” Professor Bishop said. “Until it can be established what factors are causing the apparent rise in fevers in some children in WA, I am writing to all immunisation providers to advise them not to administer seasonal flu vaccine to all children 5 years of age and under until further notice.”
“The TGA has contacted CSL Ltd to confirm which batches of vaccine were used in WA and is obtaining samples of the vaccine to test in its laboratories to determine if there are any abnormalities in the batches of vaccine used in WA,” Professor Bishop said.