GlaxoSmithKline advises Canadian doctors to stop using swine flu vaccines

2009-11-25 04:44:19 (GMT) ( - Health News News)

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Seattle, Washington ( — GlaxoSmithKline PLC said Tuesday that they have notified Canadian doctors to discontinue using a batch of 170,000 swine flu vaccines following six reports of serious allergic reactions among recipients.

Health officials regularly monitor vaccines for any signs of potential problems, including the occasional allergic reactions that do rarely occur each year.

GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman Gwenan White said that the pharmaceuticals company advised Canadian medical personnel last week to immediately stop using one specific batch of the vaccine while they proceed with investigations into the cause of the odd number of allergic reactions.

According to the AP, ix people in Canada had suffered an allergic reaction, said Tim Vail, the spokesman for Canada’s health minister. The batch contained about 170,000 doses. It was not immediately clear how many had been administered, although Vail said the majority had been.”

“We’re not seeing any thing wild or spooky or crazy about our vaccine at all,” Vail said.

White said no other doses of the vaccine around the world are part of the vaccines that are to be discontinued.. - Press Release Distribution Service


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