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Australian health authorities’ response criticised after adverse events related to influenza vaccination in children

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4470 (Published 16 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4470
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. 1Sydney

    Australian health authorities failed to respond quickly and appropriately after a spike in febrile convulsions and other adverse events among children given seasonal influenza vaccination, said a review released this week.

    The review was conducted by Professor Bryant Stokes, clinical professor of surgery at the University of Western Australia, for the state government of Western Australia, which is the only Australian state to publicly fund flu vaccination of young children and was the site of most of the adverse events reported.

    The vaccination programme was introduced in 2008 after the highly publicised deaths of young children from flu and because of concerns that children aged …

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