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BMJ Open 3:e001912 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001912
  • Epidemiology
    • Research

Safety of AS03-adjuvanted split-virion H1N1 (2009) pandemic influenza vaccine: a prospective cohort study

  1. Vincent Bauchau2
  1. 1Department of Primary Care & Population Health, University College London Medical School, London, UK
  2. 2GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, Wavre, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vincent Bauchau; vincent.g.bauchau{at}
  • Received 4 October 2012
  • Revised 21 December 2012
  • Accepted 9 January 2013
  • Published 5 February 2013


Objectives To assess the safety of an AS03-adjuvanted split virion H1N1 (2009) vaccine (Pandemrix) in persons vaccinated during the national pandemic influenza vaccination campaign in the UK.

Design Prospective, cohort, observational, postauthorisation safety study.

Setting 87 general practices forming part of the Medical Research Council General Practice Research Framework and widely distributed throughout England.

Participants A cohort of 9143 individuals aged 7 months to 97 years who received at least one dose of the AS03-adjuvanted H1N1 pandemic vaccine during the national pandemic influenza vaccination campaign in the UK was enrolled. 94% completed the 6-month follow-up. Exclusion criteria were previous vaccination with other H1N1 pandemic vaccine and any child in care.

Primary and secondary outcome measures Medically attended adverse events (MAEs) occurring within 31 days after any dose, serious adverse events (SAEs) and adverse events of special interest (AESIs) following vaccination were collected for all participants. Solicited adverse events (AEs) were assessed in a subset of participants.

Results MAEs were reported in 1219 participants and SAEs in 113 participants during the 31-day postvaccination period. The most frequently reported MAEs and SAEs were consistent with events expected to be reported during the winter season in this population: lower respiratory tract infections, asthma and pneumonia. The most commonly reported solicited AEs were irritability in young children aged <5 years (61.8%), muscle aches in children aged 5–17 years (61.9%) and adults (46.9%). 18 AESIs, experienced by 14 patients, met the criteria to be considered for the observed-to-expected analyses. AESIs above the expected number were neuritis (1 case within 31 days) and convulsions (8 cases within 181 days). There were 41 deaths during the 181-day period after vaccination, fewer than expected.

Conclusions Results indicate that the AS03-adjuvanted H1N1 pandemic vaccine showed a clinically acceptable reactogenicity and safety profile in all age and risk groups studied.

Trial registration, NCT00996853.

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