According to an article in The Age, leading infections disease experts, in the country, have called on their government to abandon the mass swine-flu vaccination plan because of fears they are contaminated with blood-borne diseases. The United States, on the other hand, has taken the bull by the horns giving children $40 gift certificates to test the vaccine.
While Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced the deployment of its first batch of swine-flu vaccine, Commonwealth Medical Officer Jim Bishop from the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Society expressed concern about the multi-dose vials in a letter. Bishop requested the Australian government to abandon the plan until single-dose vials are available. The letter, written by the Society’s president, Associate Professor Tom Gottlieb, says multi-dose vials—bottles containing many doses of the vaccine—had been shown on many occasions to transmit infectious diseases, ”resulting in considerable morbidity and mortality”.
In the United States, CNN News is reporting that Andrew Stein, 10, and his brother, Nathan, 7, are testing the new vaccine to prevent swine flu.
“Because the younger population, from 6 months to 24 years, is at high risk of developing complications from the H1N1 virus, the National Institutes of Health is conducting a clinical trial specifically to make sure the vaccine is safe for children. Vaccine developers hope to get the doses out by mid-October, before the flu season really shifts into high gear.”
The kids will be required to keep a diary describing how they feel and any reactions they experience. They will receive a $40 gift certificate for their troubles.