Tracking Adverse Reactions to Vaccines
Interview: Andrea Sutherland, MD, medical officer and special assistant
FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
This is the time of year when the flu season typically is at its peak. According to the CDC, the number of cases of flu-like symptoms showing up in the nationís hospitals is about normal for mid-winter.
But the CDC and FDA are keeping a close eye on one particular aspect of the flu season: There has been an increase in the number of febrile seizures in very young children who received a flu vaccine this year. The vaccine recommended for infants and children aged 6 to 23 months is called "Fluzone."
Host Barbara Lewis speaks with Dr. Andrea Sutherland of the FDA who explained that the agencies are using a "vaccine adverse event reporting system" that collects information on any products licensed in the U.S., including the flu vaccine for infants, Fluzone.