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 Babies sought for meningitis jab test
Babies sought for meningitis jab test
 PETA RULE179 words11 June 2005The West AustralianTWAUMETRO58English(c) 2005, West Australian Newspapers Limited Babies aged between six and 12 weeks are needed to take part in a new combined vaccine program toprotect against three causes of the potentially deadly bacterial meningitis.
The vaccination will protect against meningococcal, pneumococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type b(Hib) germs in a single shot.
But the trial has angered lobby group the
Australian Vaccination Network
, which claims thatmeningitis vaccinations are ineffective and can cause adverse reactions.
The study, by the Vaccine Trials Group at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, is on theeffectiveness of the vaccine when combined with a baby's routine vaccinations.
Study leader Peter Richmond hopes to have 200 Perth babies in the trial.
The combined vaccine could reduce the number of injections needed by babies in the first six months of life.
 AVN president Meryl Dorey said she believed the vaccinations were risky when administered one at atime and more so when administered in one shot.
For more information on the trial, or to take part, call 9340 8542.
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 Vaccine saves baby tears
Vaccine saves baby tears
 By health writer CLARE MASTERSMATP189 words23 January 2005Sunday TelegraphSUNTEL1 - State28EnglishCopyright 2005 News Ltd. All Rights Reserved HEALTH authorities have requested funding to give babies a six-in-one vaccination to avoid childrenreceiving as many as nine separate injections in their first six months.
Health experts and doctors' groups have warned that parents could become scared about immunisingtheir children because the number of injections has spiralled in recent years.
With pneumococcal vaccination now added to the cocktail of childhood injections, babies are given threeneedles at two, four and six months of age.
The new combination vaccine protects against six of the seven diseases.
It costs $130 and has been recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council, butthe Federal Government has not decided whether to fund it.
Australian Vaccination Network
president Meryl Dorey said combination vaccines had not beenresearched properly and parents were unable to weigh up the risks.
Mother of one Melissa Brown bought the combination vaccine for son Ethan last week.
"He did cry, but at least it's three injections less than he would have," Ms Brown said.
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