Saturday, May 1st, 2010
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Mark Metherell, Amy Corderoy, The Age
May 1, 2010
After a week of analysis, medical authorities are still at a loss to explain why 57 children have had convulsions after receiving influenza vaccine.
The Commonwealth’s chief medical officer, Jim Bishop, yesterday announced that a national ban on administering the mixed seasonal and swine flu vaccine to children aged five and under would continue.
Professor Bishop said no evidence had been found of a suspect batch of the CSL vaccine going to Western Australia, where there have been 57 cases of convulsions in children aged five or under.
Although dramatically disproportionate to the rest of Australia’s 20 cases of convulsions, the WA numbers may be partly explained by its higher vaccination rates because the vaccine is available free to infants. Typically the rate of fever with convulsions after vaccination was between one in a 1000 and one in 10,000.