Professor Peter Collignan points out that in a report on childhood swine flu vaccinations published in JAMA, 35% had fever. That seems rather high. According to IBT Health, Australia:
The deputy director of the National Centre for Immunization Research and Surveillance, Kristine Macartney said more reactions were reported in Western Australia because it was the only state to have a policy of immunizing all children under five with the seasonal flu vaccine.Flu vaccines are only expected to provide immunity for a few months to a year. So that is a lot of adverse reactions for a small benefit, especially when you take into account that most infections are silent [asymptomatic]. And convulsions are potentially life-theatening. Who performed the risk-benefit calculation for this vaccine? What is the precise makeup of the vaccine? I will have more on this later.
"Western Australia are immunizing many more young children than other states and territories, where children [elsewhere in Australia] are only recommended to have the vaccine if they are in a high-risk group," she said.
After receiving immunization, she observed that up to 40 per cent of children will develop elevated temperature and 3 per cent of children will have febrile convulsions at some stage.