It appears that after two months of widespread availability, the H1N1 vaccine is about as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine, according to comments made in the New York Times by Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Severe reactions to the H1N1 vaccine are said to be rare and not unlike those of the season flu vaccine, according to a CDC report issued Friday and reported on WebMD.
The data was gathered from two monitoring systems, the Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System and the Vaccine Safety Datalink.
The new report said, "no substantial differences between H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccines were noted in the proportion or types of serious adverse events reported" according to the New York Times.
Only 204 adverse events had been reported as of November 24th, according to the New York Times, of which only 13 resulted in death. It is also worth mentioning that out of hundreds of thousands of immunizations, some deaths will result out of coincidence.
Dr. Claudia Vellozzi, deputy director of the immunization safety office at the disease centers, said that no patterns have emerged, reinforcing the safety of the H1N1 vaccine.