Vaccine claims rejected
CARMEL EGANSeptember 20, 2009
LEADING health experts have dismissed as scaremongering claims that Australia's mass swine flu vaccination will expose the public to greater risks of death and neurological disorders.
The Federal Government will begin its campaign to vaccinate 21 million against the AH1N1 2009 strain of influenza from September 30.
''Earlier concerns were that the vaccine should have Therapeutic Goods Administration registration before roll-out, and that has now happened,'' said Australian Medical Association spokesman Dr Steve Hamilton.
The Australian Vaccination Network has claimed thiomersal, a preservative in the vaccine, increased risks of autism and Guillain-Barre paralysis. But infectious disease expert Professor Raina MacIntyre called the network a ''vocal fringe group'' and said there was no scientific evidence linking vaccines to autism or Guillain-Barre.