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Write-up: Influenza; very sick; suspected vaccination failure; This case was reported by a other health professional and described the occurrence of suspected vaccination failure in a 43-year-old male patient who received Flu unspecified (Influenza vaccine) for prophylaxis. On an unknown date, the patient received Influenza vaccine at an unknown dose. In June 2019, unknown after receiving Influenza vaccine, the patient experienced vaccination failure (serious criteria GSK medically significant), influenza a virus infection (serious criteria death and hospitalization) and sickness. On 23rd June 2019, the outcome of the influenza a virus infection was fatal. On an unknown date, the outcome of the vaccination failure and sickness were unknown. The patient died on 23rd June 2019. The reported cause of death was influenza a virus infection. It was unknown if the reporter considered the vaccination failure, influenza a virus infection and sickness to be related to Influenza vaccine. Additional case details were reported as follows: The age at vaccination was not reported. The patient was working with acute medical patients in the hospital unit and had a 3 and half year old son. The patient''s wife posted a heartfelt plea for support and pictures of patient on Facebook the day after he was rushed to hospital. The patient was following a battle with influenza A the last eight days. Unfortunately, it had hit him and his body was quite hard. In June 2019, the patient was admitted to the hospital. The patient was very sick. A specialized retrieval team was sent to provide cardiac and respiratory support (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). The patient was intubated and they supported his heart. He was critical and they did not have any time frame for him. The patient''s wife asked to send their thoughts as the patient very much needed it that time. The patient was in intensive care unit when he passed away. It was unknown if an autopsy was done. The tribute was given to chief executive at hospital by patient''s grieving family, friends and colleagues and staff at hospital were in shock. The staff at hospital stated that the patient was with them for a short time, but had connected with so many of their staff who were understandably shocked that his life was taken away. The nurses who worked with the patient''s wife were equally upset, knowing how challenging a time this had been for her and their young son. The nurse and colleague had started a account to support the patient''s family and said she had kept the account open for donations to support. She also stated that the patient and his wife were very friendly and compassionate and always looked out for others. The hospital staff had banded together to collect food donations for bereaved family. A spokesman from Department of Health and Human Services said the flu could strike anyone in the community, even normally healthy people with no underlying health issues. The hospital''s staff were regularly informed about their risk from influenza and were encouraged to get immunized. They also offer a free flu immunization program to their staff and volunteers each year. Their staff were also educated in the correct hand hygiene techniques to reduce the risk of passing on or contracting infection. The hospital staff were encouraged to stay home if they were sick and advised to see their GP (general practioner), which had followed. There have been more than one and half times as many confirmed flu cases so far, this year than in the whole of 2018, as per new data. But despite the surge in early cases, experts said this year''s season was not worse than average, and an early start to flu season could mean an early end. This year to date, there were 97,920 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza, compared with 58,870 cases for the whole of 2018, according to the latest data from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). An infectious diseases expert at the hospital had said while a flu vaccine did not prevent people from getting influenza 100 percent of the time, it did make a difference, essentially the people could halve the risk of catching flu by vaccination. It was not perfect, but it was more than helpful. This case was considered as suspected vaccination failure as the details regarding time to onset for the event was unknown at the time of reporting.; Reported Cause(s) of Death: Influenza A
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