Would American Medicine Ever Follow Australia's Lead and Halt a Potentially Dangerous Vaccine?
Posted May 01 2010 12:00am
"Shares plunged" - pretty dreadful words in America. Then again, so are, "Your child has been injured by a vaccine." Australia has taken steps to protect its children. America has taken steps to protect it's public health policies and pharma.
Shares of Australia's CSL plunged earlier this week after word that the influenza shot Fluvax is potentially dangerous for children and could be linked to hundreds of adverse reactions in that country. And experts are now saying that exposure to last year's swine flu outbreak may have predisposed children to the severe reactions they now are exhibiting in response to influenza vaccinations, according to the Syndney Morning Herald.
As a result, Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jim Bishop, has advised immunization providers to stop giving seasonal flu vaccine to children age 5 years and younger until a cause is established. "This is a precautionary measure while the matter is being urgently investigated by health experts and the Therapeutic Goods Administration," Professor Bishop says in a statement.