This section includes links to information on the safety of Meningitis C vaccine, d/DTaP-IPV vaccines and general sources of information on vaccines.
The safety of Meningitis C vaccine
› CSM review of the safety of Meningitis C vaccine (May 2002) (42Kb)
Vaccinations against Meningitis C vaccine were introduced in the UK in November 1999 and over the subsequent 16 months virtually the whole population under the age of 18 was immunised. This paper reports on the work of a group that oversaw safety monitoring during this immunisation campaign. The CSM endorsed the general safety of Meningitis C vaccines.
d/DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)-IPV (inactivated polio vaccine) vaccines - local reactions associated with pre-school boosters
A review of the UK Yellow Card data indicates that booster doses of vaccines that contain acellular rather than wholecell pertussis in DTP vaccines (for example, Repevax, Infanrix-Hib) are associated with an increased risk of injection site reactions, some of which may be extensive. Such reactions usually develop within 24 hours of vaccination but recover within five days.
› Local reactions associated with pre-school d/DTaP-IPV boosters (36Kb)
General sources of vaccine information
Department of Health
'The Green Book' ('Immunisation Against Infectious Disease 1996')
'The Yellow Book' ('Health Information for overseas travel')
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)
World Health Organisation
› Vaccines and Immunisation
› WHO vaccine safety index
› WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS)