Flu Vaccine Withdrawn on Strong Allergy

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Gennady Onishchenko didn’t suffer from allergic response to Grippol, but the response of the patients made him recall a million doses of vaccine (courtesy ITAR/TASS)Federal Service on Consumer Rights Supervision has withdrawn six series of Grippol flu vaccine. Roughly a million doses are being recalled from circulation on 68 cases of strong allergic response in nine regions of Russia. In two regions, the authorities independently stopped vaccination. The loss of vaccine producer, federal-run Microgen, is estimated at $2 million.

Chief of Federal Service on Consumer Rights Supervision (Rospotrebnadzor), Gennady Onishchenko, announced yesterday the withdrawal of six series of Grippol vaccine on strong allergic response to the preparation. Sixty eight people in nine regions of Russia suffered from it as of yesterday. All victims had laryngeal edema, palpitation and breathing troubles.

Vaccinating by Grippol is being carried out under the Health National Program. The purpose was to vaccinate 22 million people, first of all, medical workers, children and pensioners. The vaccine was developed in 1995; federal-run Microgen secured the order for this preparation in 2006.

Before this recalling effort of Rospotrebnadzor, the Stavropol Region independently stopped vaccination once three children were taken to the reanimation department because of strong allergy.

Microgen doesn't admit the guilt. “It hasn’t been proven yet that it was all about the vaccine,” said Microgen briefer Timofey Peshkov. “More than 15 million people have been vaccinated already, the allergy is of no massive nature.”

source - Kommersant.com