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Australian doctors have been warned not to give the seasonal flu vaccine to children under the age of five, after a child fell critically ill and dozens more suffered serious adverse reactions after receiving the vaccine in Western Australia.
"But we have to remember that the benefits of vaccinations far, far, far outweigh any side effects."
"If you're in a risk group everybody agrees you need to be vaccinated," he said.
He says the seasonal flu vaccine has three components - one of which is swine flu - and children may be reacting badly to receiving a second exposure to part of the flu virus.
Originally posted by ozzieman
Just an update on this, from this morning's paper, it has been announced that the toddler has died. This happened on April 9th, a few days before the advice given by Australia's chief medical officer Professor Jim Bishop.
Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young today said she is unaware of any toddler dying as a direct result of receiving a 2010 seasonal flu vaccination.
Dr Young has responded via a statement and dismisses any knowledge of a death related to flu vaccinations.
``Until now, neither Queensland Health nor the relevant national body had been advised of, or were aware of any death allegedly related to a 2010 seasonal flu vaccination in Queensland,'' Dr Young said in a statement issued today.