Originally Posted by bbrandonsmom
That article is saying, "the children that were exposed "last year" are having adverse effects "this year" to the seasonal vax."
Now remember-North America is not in "flu season" for another 7 months or so. We won't know if we have the same reactions to the seasonal vaccine until this up coming year.
Remember, last year there was something about Canada pulling the seasonal vax because of the effects of the H1N1 or something. I can't remember what the exact story was.
I was referring to last fall's "flu season" when the H1N1 vaccine became available. It was given to high risk cases (including children) in my old city starting last October. Since H1N1 was the predominant strain circulating, they didn't use traditional seasonal flu vaccines, but the H1N1 vax instead. Many of those children were naturally exposed to H1N1 starting in May (when the reported cases started popping up), yet when given the vaccine last fall, there wasn't the same reports of reactions as in Australia. So, if the theory is that having been exposed to H1N1 "primed" their systems for a severe reaction, why wasn't this seen in North America or in Europe at the same rates as in Australia? It's the H1N1 component of the seasonal flu vaccine that Collignon suspects is the culprit, but I'm wondering then why we didn't see this reaction 7 months ago when H1N1 vax programs rolled out in the Northern Hemisphere.