Journal article

Allergic adverse events following 2015 seasonal influenza vaccine, Victoria, Australia

HJ Clothier, N Crawford, MA Russell, JP Buttery

EUROSURVEILLANCE | EUR CENTRE DIS PREVENTION & CONTROL | Published : 2017

Abstract

Australia was alerted to a possible increase in allergy-related adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) with 2015 seasonal trivalent influenza vaccines (TIV) by the Victorian state vaccine safety service, SAEFVIC. We describe SAEFVIC's initial investigation and upon conclusion of the 2015 influenza vaccination programme, to define the signal event and implications for vaccine programmes. Allergy-related AEFI were defined as anaphylaxis, angioedema, urticaria or generalised allergic reaction. Investigations compared 2015 TIV AEFI reports to previous years as proportions and reporting risk (RR) per 100,000, stratified by influenza vaccine brand. The initial investigation showed an increas..

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