Romania - On Friday, the Stockhom-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said that 115 children in Romania have been sickened by a tuberculosis vaccine made in Denmark according to Businessweek.com. The children had symptoms including swollen lymph nodes and abscesses, and 50 have been hospitalized since March. In a televised address on November 22,Romanian Health Minister Raed Arafat said that TB vaccinations would stop until the cause of the side effects is determined.
Lymph node swelling is a “completely normal”side effect of the bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccine according to Nils Strandberg Pedersen, chief executive officer of Statens Serum Institut, a Copenhagen-based unit of Denmark’s health ministry and maker of the vaccine. Pedersen also said that he could not say whether the number is above the threshold that is normally seen and that abcesses are also seen as side effects of the vaccine.
In North America, a Canadian advocacy group has recently raised some serious questions and expressed concern about flu-vaccine side effects. See:http://www.examiner.com/article/researchers-question-influenza-vaccine-evidence