> Your child’s chance of being harmed by the flu is far greater than the chance of being harmed by the vaccine.
Immunisation is one of the most important ways parents can protect their children against serious diseases.
How many times have we been told that the danger of the disease is far greater in all respects than being vaccinated against it?
Tell that to the 20+ children who suffered febrile convulsions after being vaccinated against the seasonal influenza recently in Western Australia.
There has been an increase in young children in WA experiencing fever and convulsions within hours of receiving the seasonal flu vaccine. The free WA seasonal flu vaccine program for children aged 5 years and under has been temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure while this is urgently investigated. Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has advised all GPs and immunisation providers to stop giving the seasonal flu vaccine to children aged 5 years and under until a cause has been established.
Of course the Government still says:
The majority of children who receive the vaccine will have no side effects. Of those children who do experience some reaction, this will mostly be a mild local reaction, sometimes accompanied by a raised temperature.
Australian doctors are being warned not to give the seasonal flu vaccine to children under the age of five, after a child fell critically ill and dozens more suffered serious adverse reactions after receiving the free vaccine in Western Australia.
Today Western Australian health officials said the worst-affected child’s condition was being changed from seriously ill to critical as officials investigated whether a bad batch of vaccine was to blame.
WA Health Minister Kim Hames says that in the past month, 23 otherwise healthy children have suffered fever, vomiting and febrile convulsions hours after receiving the vaccination.
Australia’s chief medical officer Jim Bishop says parents should not have their children vaccinated at the moment.
Who you going to trust? You truly believe the vaccinations are safe? They contain nothing that can harm your child?
Bet ya bottom dollar they will concoct some simplistic story, hiding the consequences and the effects of this vaccination, just like they do with all the other side effects people suffer from after receiving these toxins into their bodies.
Adults can decide for themselves if they want need or desire to damage their bodies in this manner…. babies and children cannot choose, they rely on their parents to protect and nurture them.
Think long and hard before you put these toxins into your beloved children, the effects can be life threatening and non reversible.
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Children suffer serious reactions to flu vaccine
Some New Zealand children have suffered serious adverse reactions after being given a seasonal flu vaccine.
The Ministry of Health says it has received reports that four children in New Zealand have been seriously affected after being given Fluvax.
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Doctors in New Zealand have been advised against using the influenza vaccine Fluvax on children following reports in Australia of some cases of convulsions soon after jabs.
Australia’s chief medical officer gave the same advice to doctors in that country following concerns stemming from a significant rise in the number of children developing a fever after receiving the vaccine.
Western Australian Health Minister Kim Hames yesterday suspended the state’s free flu vaccination programme for children under five after some recipients went into a febrile convulsion – a fit caused by a high temperature.
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Swine flu fears
Peter Collignon, a professor in infectious diseases from the Australian National University, says the seasonal flu vaccine has three components – one of which is swine flu – and children may be reacting badly to receiving a second bout of the flu.
“If you were infected with swine flu itself last year or had been given the swine flu vaccine last November or December or January, if you then get exposed again to a part of the virus, you’ve already got antibodies and white cells that are turned on to try to fight the virus,” he said.
“Therefore if you get exposed to it again you may have a brisk reaction, where you produce more antibodies and more white cells, which gives you a fever and an inflammatory reaction.
“So one of the possibilities is that the children who have problems is because they already had immunity to the virus and therefore are getting vaccinated again.”
Professor Collignon says health authorities need to better weigh up whether rolling out a vaccination to millions of people around the country will cause more harm than good.
“If you’re in a risk group everybody agrees you need to be vaccinated,” he said.
“But the majority of the population don’t have risk factors, including children, and before we roll out a vaccine to millions of people, in my view, we need to do studies of thousands of people over a period of time to make sure we are always going to do more good than harm with the vaccine.”
Professor Collignon says about 20 per cent of Australian children who received the swine flu vaccine had moderate to severe side effects in the form of a fever of more than 38.5 degrees Celsius and severe muscle aches and pains.
But he says last winter, the risk of someone under the age of 40 getting swine flu and dying from it was less than one in a million.
“You have to start weighing this up because you may actually produce as much influenza-like illness with a vaccine as you prevent with people not getting influenza,” he said.
“That’s been my concern about rolling out this vaccine to the entire population. I don’t think we’ve got enough data to know how effective it’s going to be.”
He says Australia should take note of vaccination research carried out in other countries.
“In Canada, they found to everybody’s surprise that people who had been injected with the seasonal flu vaccine in 2008/2009 had twice the risk of getting swine flu if they were under the age of 50,” he said.
“That’s also happened in Santiago.
“So I actually think whenever we’re doing a vaccine that is given on a yearly basis that’s involving millions of people, we do need to have a good ongoing surveillance system.”
Professor Collignon says an effective surveillance system should monitor thousands of people for one or two weeks after vaccination before rolling out the vaccine to the entire population.
And he says such a system would be relatively inexpensive.
“We need a better system than voluntary notification to the TGA [Therapeutic Goods Administration] that there’s a problem,” he said.
“Because whenever you do that you really underestimate how much of a problem there is.
“If we are going to roll out vaccines to entire populations I think there is an onus on us to at least check in a number of thousands of people before we roll it out to millions of people.”
Earlier, Australia’s chief medical officer, Professor Jim Bishop, said authorities were trying to work out whether the problems were with a particular batch of the influenza vaccine.
He said discussions were underway with the manufacturers.
The Australian Medical Association has backed the move to suspend vaccinations in children under five around the country, but says parents should not lose confidence about vaccinating their children.