2012 Australian Flu Vaccine Information

We’re coming up to that time of year again and that generally means a change in the weather with seasonal viruses and the flu that can affect your health and wellbeing.

The Australian federal government has once again adopted CSL’s flu vaccine for this year’s National Immunisation Program and will continue to do so until the contract is completed in 2016.

The company will again use ‘Fluvax’ for the respective program. However, it will only be administered to adults as it has been banned for children under 5 years of age. This was mainly due to the side effects that occurred back in 2010 where the drug caused febrile convulsions in about 1% of children.

The substitute vaccines ‘Fluarix’ or ‘Vaxigrip’, which are produced by British and French pharmaceutical companies will be available to children under 10 years of age this year.

Source: Read more at news.ninemsn.com.au – Flu vaccine with side-effects used again