Banned flu vaccine given to children, prompting Department of Health warning



Revelations that nine Australian children have been given a flu vaccine that could cause febrile convulsions in children under five has prompted a fresh warning from health authorities.

According to the Herald Sunthree children in New South Wales, three in Queensland, one in South Australia and two in West Australia have recently been administered Fluvax even though its use is banned in children under five.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Baggoley has issued a warning to health professionals that administering the vaccine to children under five constitutes “off-label” use, opening up the provider to legal risk, according to Networking Health Victoria.

The Herald Sun reports that back in 2012, several children who were administered the Fluvax vaccine reacted with febrile convulsions, fever and vomiting.

A recent study by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance found influenza vaccines registered for use in children were safe with few side effects.

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