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Australia's Chief Medical Officer Declares Flu Vaccination Should Be Suspended for Children Under 5

Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jim Bishop, has announced that after considering the results of a comprehensive study regarding the safety of seasonal flu vaccine, he has advised the suspension of season flu vaccination for healthy children under the age of five years.

The investigation found no compelling biological, epidemiological or clinical factors which might explain the observed rates of fever with convulsions among very young children.

According to Medical News Today:

“While the expected febrile convulsions rate should be 1 per 1,000 at the most, epidemiological analyses point to a rate of febrile convulsions in children aged under five years following 2010 seasonal influenza vaccination of about 9 per 1000 children vaccinated.”

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