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CDC: Swine flu vaccine safe; no big problems

November 26, 2009

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— There’s no evidence that the swine flu vaccine is causing any serious side effects, U.S. health officials said Wednesday, in their first report on the safety of the new vaccine.

Since vaccinations began in early October, the government has been tracking the safety of the swine flu vaccine. By mid-November, about 22 million Americans had gotten the vaccine and there were about 3,200 reports of possible side effects, the vast majority for minor things like soreness or swelling from the shot.

Health officials didn’t expect to see any serious problems — the swine flu vaccine is basically the same as the regular winter flu vaccine. And there weren’t any signs of trouble in the tests done in thousands to find the right dose.

Still, it is “very reassuring” to see that confirmed in their first report, said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The vaccine data so far really suggests this is a safe vaccine,” she said at a press conference Wednesday.

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