Novartis flu vaccine suspended in Italy after deaths
Swiss drugmaker stresses that “no causal link” has been discovered between vaccine and deaths
From:The Telegraph | By Denise Roland
Two batches of a flu vaccine manufactured by Swiss drug giant Novartis have been suspended in Italy following the death of three people shortly after they had received the jab.
Two women aged 87 and 79 and a 68-year-old man from southern Italy died following jabs of the Fluad vaccine earlier this month. Another man, 92, is seriously ill in hospital.
Italian health officials stressed that the suspension was a precautionary measure and urged calm, while Novartis said there was no evidence the vaccine shot had caused the deaths.
The Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) insisted vaccines were “a precious resource and irreplaceable for the prevention of seasonal flu”.
Sergio Pecorelli, the head of AIFA, added that 8,000 people die…
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