Melbourne, 30 October 2017, 11.00 am
Statement, Paul Van Buynder, Chairman Immunisation Coalition:
“Media reports referring to ‘cheap vaccines’ don’t accurately describe the situation of
vaccine purchasing in Australia. The vaccine purchased by the Australian Government and
used this year was the best available in Australia at the time, and remains so today. While
the vaccine was relatively ineffective in the elderly this year, we had no alternative
vaccine available. The effectiveness of the vaccine for those under 65 was within normal
expectations this season.
We look forward to Government and industry working on bringing better products into
Vaccination is still the single, most effective way to prevent influenza.
Download the full statement from Paul Van Buynder here