In spite of all these reactions wouldn’t you know it, they still are “confident parents will continue to vaccinate their children” … sure just line right up & run the risk of convulsions and other side effects. The flu jab has one of the highest payouts for injury. No thanks. Who would knowingly do this to their child? … And don’t forget the flu shot has a higher death rate than covid-19 (according to the manufacturers information) …. EWR
Western Australia’s chief health officer says there are now 251 confirmed cases in the state of children aged under five having adverse reactions to flu vaccinations.
Last week the Health Department placed a temporary ban on flu shots for children under five after reports of children getting sick after being vaccinated.
The department says 55 children have had convulsions after being vaccinated while nearly 200 others have suffered fever and vomiting.
One child is in a serious but stable condition at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Chief health officer Dr Tarun Weeramanthri says confirming the number of cases is a significant step forward in the search for the cause of the adverse reactions.
“We’ll now be sharing that information with our colleagues from other states and territories. Once that national picture is built up this week we’ll know more about whether there is a problem, which areas it is in, what possible causes there are,” he said.
“We don’t have any idea for national figures. We’ve agreed on a standard way to report the cases nationally.
“All states and territories are gathering the information very actively and we should be in a position to share that information nationally by the middle of next week.”
He says because of the size of the immunisation program, it is likely the vaccinations in question came from several batches.
“We found no evidence of any single batch being the cause of these reactions,” he said.
Dr Weeramanthri says it will take time to determine the cause of the problem.
“First of all we have to work out how much of a problem this is,” he said.
“As you know, fever with illness in children is common due to any cause, so there’s lots of viruses circulating at any one point in time.
“We also know that fever following vaccination is not uncommon, so what we’ve done is gather as much information as we can about the numbers of children affected; both overall with any kind of reaction, but also at the more serious end, this group with febrile convulsions.”
While immunisation numbers are down, Dr Weeramanthri says he is confident parents will continue to vaccinate their children once the source of the reactions is found.
“I think the public have fantastic support for the immunisation program in Western Australia and the basis of that support is that we communicate with them very clearly the risks and benefits of vaccination in general and for specific programs,” he said.
“I think they will be assured that with this program, as soon as any clinical problem or the reports of clinical problems emerged, we acted promptly.”