I was looking if GSK had any update on their vaccine development, didn't find anything. However, I did find this (http://www.gsk.com/infocus/influenza-A-H1N1.htm):
Important Safety Information on Relenza
Some patients have had bronchospasm (wheezing) or serious breathing problems when they used Relenza. Many but not all of these patients had previous asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Relenza has not been shown to shorten the duration of influenza in people with these diseases. Because of the risk of side effects and because it has not been shown to help them, Relenza is not recommended for people with chronic respiratory disease such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
If you develop worsening respiratory symptoms such as wheezing or shortness of breath, stop using Relenza and contact your healthcare provider right away.
If you have chronic respiratory disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and your healthcare provider has prescribed Relenza, you should have a fast-acting, inhaled bronchodilator available for your use. If you are scheduled to use an inhaled bronchodilator at the same time as Relenza, use the inhaled bronchodilator before using Relenza.
Other kinds of infections can appear like influenza or occur along with influenza, and need different kinds of treatment. Contact your healthcare provider if you feel worse or develop new symptoms during or after treatment, or if your influenza symptoms do not start to get better.
In studies, the most common side effects with Relenza have been headaches; diarrhea; nausea; vomiting; nasal irritation; bronchitis; cough; sinusitis; ear, nose, and throat infections; and dizziness. Other side effects that have been reported, but were not as common, include rashes and allergic reactions, some of which were severe.
This list of side effects is not complete. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can discuss with you a more complete list of possible side effects with Relenza. Talk to your healthcare provider promptly about any side effects you have.
The reason I posted this information was because this was the first time I noticed it on GSK website in such a prominent position. What might be changing is that now far more people are taking tamiflu and relenza than ever before thus resulting in a lot more information becoming available about possible side effects. I agree that this does not necessarily matter as long as the benefits outweigh the risks but you can only make that judgment once you know the risks. This article seems to say that especially for people with asthma or pulmonary disease taking relenza could be very dangerous (anybody who has ever had a really serious asthma attack will no doubt know what I mean). Does this matter? Yes, because the expectation in some quarters is that swine flu is likely to become tamiflu resistant in the next year or so but the expectation is also that relenza would still be effective. This then raises the question: would you take it or not if you are a severe asthmatic? I rather think about these things in advance then having to decide on the spot.
Well yeah, also the way they test medicines is so hazy when it comes to pregnant women. Most unlicenced (for pregnant women) medicined would generally be fine, it's just the drug companies covering their backs.
yes and its for that reason that they list every possible side effect under the sun when they print leaflets with drugs. Caution, caution, caution, drug companies do not want to be exposed and dragged through the media and the courts over drugs.