Action on reactions

Would reporting every adverse reaction to an immunisation improve vaccine safety? Pamela Wilson examines the new recommendations.

 

AT 8.30 AM one Saturday morning, two Sydney brothers, aged eight and five, had their first ever flu shot. At 3.30 pm – within five minutes of each other – both boys complained they felt sick. At 7.30 pm, they were in the emergency department of the Royal North Shore Hospital.

They had been vomiting constantly all afternoon. Neither could hold down even a sip of water.

“It seemed strange they both got very sick at exactly the same

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