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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 Feb;31(2):199-202. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31823d5303.

Influenza vaccine safety in children less than 5 years old: the 2010 and 2011 experience in Australia.

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National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, New South Wales, Australia.


In August 2010, the United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that the 2010-2011 CSL seasonal vaccine (Afluria) not be administered to children 6 months to 8 years of age because of the risk of febrile convulsion after immunization. This study reports a low rate (6%-7%) of fever after immunization with 2 non-CSL brands of 2011 seasonal influenza vaccine in Australian children <5 years of age. These data are reassuring for parents and healthcare workers regarding 2011 influenza vaccination in the northern hemisphere.

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