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After a Wave Vaccine-Induced Convulsions in Kids, Australia Calls for Better Surveillance

Australian health officials were aware of severe and unusual side effects with the flu vaccine three weeks before they made the data public, and now experts are demanding for a better national surveillance plan.

It took over three months to clearly identify CSL's Fluvax vaccine as the likely culprit of an outbreak of convulsions (called febrile seizures) among recently vaccinated infants.

Ultimately, at least 100 reports of febrile seizures were received, but the slow response and delays in official responses from state and federal governments were just not acceptable, the experts say and the public not only wants some answers, but a change in the way vaccine adverse events are reported.