Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Flu Vaccine Recalled
The Scottish Government is recalling thousands of flu vaccines over fears that the drug is making some people ill.
About 300,000 doses of Preflucel are being withdrawn immediately from surgeries and pharmacies across the UK and Europe.
Health chiefs have warned that one of the most recent batches, issued at the beginning of September, is causing more side-effects - muscle pain, headaches and fatigue - than previous vaccines. They have been recalled while its manufacturer and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency investigates what has gone wrong.
Doctors and nurses in Scotland - where 2,500 vaccines have been recalled - have been told not to use any Preflucel until further notice.
I choose not to have the flu vaccine but there are many who do. There must have been quite a volume of complaints for this particular vaccine to be recalled. Statins also cause serious side-effects in some people yet doctors continue to prescribe them as 'safe' medication. Perhaps it's time more people complained about the effect of these.