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Letters Flu vaccination deaths

Deaths after Fluad flu vaccine and the epidemic of panic in Italy

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 14 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h116
  1. Carlo Signorelli, president1,
  2. Anna Odone, member1,
  3. Michele Conversano, member1,
  4. Paolo Bonanni, member1
  1. 1Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI), 00144 Rome, Italy
  1. anna.odone{at}

As the flu season reaches its peak, we report the detrimental effects of poorly managed risk communication.1

On 27 November 2014, the Italian Medicines Agency suspended, as a precautionary measure, the use of two batches of Fluad flu vaccine after three post-vaccination deaths (in people aged 87, 79, and 68 years) reported through the Network of Pharmacovigilance were deemed to be associated with the vaccine. …

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