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 Proposal to extend toddler vaccine program causes concern.
Proposal to extend toddler vaccine program causes concern.
 147 words7 June 2002 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News ABCNEWEnglish(c) 2002 Australian Broadcasting Corporation Concerns have been raised the Federal Government may expand itsnational immunisation program to include three new vaccines for toddlers.
Professor George Rubin from the immunisation advisory group says theyare considering whether to recommend adding immunisations for chickenpox, meningococcal and pneumococcal disease to the free vaccinationschedule.
However Australian Vaccination Network president
Meryl Dorey
says theAustralian Government should independently test the vaccines beforethey are used on the population.
"We just rely on what happens overseas and most of the vaccine researchthat takes place overseas has been funded in full or in part by thepharmaceutical companies," Ms Dorey said.
But Professor Rubin says they assess all scientific data available.
"The vaccine manufacturers know they've got to through this process andpass all the tests to demonstrate that the vaccine is safe," he said.
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 NSW - Vaccine irresponsible - vaccination lobbyist.
NSW - Vaccine irresponsible - vaccination lobbyist.
 211 words20 August 200218:43 Australian Associated Press General News AAPEnglish(c) 2002 AAP Information Services Pty Ltd.All rights reserved. Available for personal use but not for sale or redistribution for compensation of any kind without the prior writtenpermission of AAP. SYDNEY, Aug 20, AAP - A mass vaccination program against the deadlymeningococcal disease was irresponsible, a pro-choice vaccinationlobbyist said today.
The $41 million scheme was approved yesterday by the federal governmentand will begin early next year.
Federal Health Minister Kay Patterson said high-risk babies andteenagers would be targeted by the program, which will vaccinateagainst the meningococcal C strain.
There is no vaccine available for meningococcal B.
 Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) president
Meryl Dorey
said thevaccine had never been tested for effectiveness.
 AVN is a lobby group dedicated to ensuring parents have the right tochoose whether or not to vaccinate their children.
Ms Dorey said the vaccine is now the subject of an inquiry in the UK.
"When it was introduced in the United Kingdom they had so many adversereactions reported that they've actually had a government inquiry intothis," she told Channel Seven's Sunrise program.
"To introduce this vaccine while there is an inquiry ongoing overseas,while there have been this huge number of reactions reported isirresponsible and does not mean that the government is performing itsduty of care."
So far this year, more than 20 Australians have died from the killer bug.
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