Autoimmune diseases after adolescent or adult immunization: What should we expect?

Siegrist, Claire-Anne
November 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/20/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 11, p1352
Academic Journal
The article discusses the implication of two events which occur in close temporal association in which the case is on four elderly patients with inherent cardiovascular disease died after immunized with influenza vaccines. With this, the Israeli minister of health temporarily suspended the national influenza immunization program. There is an evidence that subunit and protein-based vaccines do not initiate sudden death even in the most vulnerable infants and that influenza vaccines are safe also for elderly patients. Although with such evidence, the psychologic impact of the close timing between injection and death was so strong that vaccination was considered a potential factor for death. However, it was suggested that coincidences are not indicative of a causal link. INSET: Key messages.


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