By Julia Medow
AUSTRALIA’S response to an outbreak of convulsions among children who received the flu vaccine last year was plagued by delayed reporting, communication breakdowns and insufficient data on immunisation rates, an independent review has found.
Former chief medical officer John Horvath has called for major changes to the way vaccines are monitored in Australia after 100 children had febrile convulsions after Fluvax shots.
One baby died within 24 hours of receiving the vaccine in Queensland and a West Australian toddler sustained brain damage after prolonged seizures. A coroner who investigated the Queensland baby’s death said he could not rule the vaccine out as a cause.