Risk of fever in children following second dose of swine flu vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has warned that young children may experience fever after their second dose of the GSK swine flu vaccine Pandemrix.

Photo credit: SPL
Photo credit: SPL

GPs and parents should monitor the temperature of the vaccinated child and, if necessary, take measures to lower the fever.

The Agency has recommended that this information be included in the prescribing information, and be taken into consideration when deciding whether to give a second dose to children.

However, they add that although the data shows that a single dose of the vaccine produces a good immune response in young children, having the second dose further increases the immune response against pandemic influenza.

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