Swine flu jab side effects investigated23rd November 2009
Researchers in Scotland have started a study in which they aim to pinpoint any unusual side effects produced by the swine flu vaccine.
The study is being carried out by the Medicines Monitoring Unit (MEMO) at the University of Dundee, in association with the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) in Southampton.
The new study will try to identify side effects which have not already been found by clinical trials. It will also look at people who have decided not to have the vaccine in order to draw comparisons between the two groups.
The team will start by looking at people aged over 16, but want to extend their research to include younger teenagers and children.
The research will monitor participants for a year after they have been given the vaccine in order to identify possible side effects.
Dr Isla Mackenzie, consultant physician with MEMO and lead doctor on the team, said: "Working with very large numbers of people is the only way to pick up extremely rare but important side effects of drugs or vaccines, such as those that only occur in 1 in 10,000 people."
"While the swine flu vaccine has been licensed and passed as safe to administer to the population, it is routine for new vaccines to continue to be monitored."
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Title: Swine flu jab side effects investigated
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13353
Date Added: 23rd Nov 2009