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Surge in Anaphylactic Shock In B.C. As More People Report Reactions To H1N1 Vaccine

As Canadian health officials assured the public that the pandemic H1N1 vaccine is safe, at least one province is reporting almost double the rate of severe allergic reactions.

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have been criticized by the decision to use the Arepanrix vaccine without any safety or efficacy testing on a single Canadian. Moreover, the decision was made while clinical trials for the vaccine were still ongoing.

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control said it is probing why residents suffered anaphylaxis at a higher rate compared with the previous five seasonal-flu-vaccination programs, suggesting it could be because some people received H1N1 and the seasonal flu shot simultaneously.

A scientific study recently raised questions about whether getting a seasonal flu shot raises the risk of contracting H1N1, but the B.C. Centre for Disease Control has chosen to ignore the study.

It will be several more weeks before B.C. officials can definitively attribute the spike in the rate – 2.2 per 100,000 doses distributed, compared to 1.2 per 100,000 doses.

“It would be fair to say that as more people are vaccinated in the weeks and months ahead, and more data are collected, the rates of adverse events per 100,000 may change both in B.C. and nationally,” said Roy Wadia, spokesman for the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.

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November 18, 2009

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