Doctors in Canberra are
moving to calm the concerns about the seasonal flu vaccination, to reassure adults that it remains safe for use.
After an increase in the hospital admission of young children under five suffering from fits and fever following receiving the flu vaccination, doctors in West Australia have been told to halt the immunization of young children.
Andrew Pesce, president of the Australian Medical Association said the flu vaccine remained safe for anyone above five and has supported quality control procedures used to test the vaccine.
It's not possible to say why this has happened in WA, said Dr Pesce.
We need to wait for all the information to come in, but the public can be reassured vaccines are adequately clinically-trialled when they are developed.
No other states across the nation have suffered from the same outcome as seen in WA.
It was likely a case of a bad batch but Dr Pesce was positive health authorities will find the root cause of it.
Dr Pesce advised those over the age of five to continue to get vaccinated.