By Kate SowerbyUpdated March 23, 2019 09:50:00A few weeks ago, the Australian government announced it would be introducing a mandatory vaccination program for all newborn babies.
A few days ago, one of the largest vaccine producers in the country, the GlaxoSmithKline company, said it would not provide vaccines to Australian children under the age of five unless the mandatory program is introduced.
According to the company’s website, Glaxos-SmithKlinics has a portfolio of vaccines that protect against a range of infectious diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, as well as the flu and coronavirus.
However, some experts have questioned whether the mandatory vaccination campaign will actually help the health system.
According the Australian Vaccine Initiative (AVI), which is an advocacy group dedicated to vaccinating Australians, the program is expected to result in about 5,000 additional cases of coronaviruses, a 40 per cent increase in cases of tetanus and a 70 per cent decrease in cases with the flu.
“There are some concerns about the program as it’s being implemented in a relatively small group of Australian cities,” said Dr. Brian Lacey, a virologist and professor of infectious disease at the University of New South Wales.
“But what we’re also concerned about is that the introduction of the mandatory campaign will have a huge impact on the rate of vaccine uptake in the population.
If you have a vaccination program, the vaccination rate will go up, which means more people are exposed to those infections.”
Dr. Lacey noted that in some other countries, such as Canada, where mandatory vaccination has already been implemented, the rate for the flu has gone down.
“This program is being implemented as a precautionary measure and it’s not a vaccine-coverage measure,” Dr. Lacy said.
“If you look at Canada, in some cases the vaccination rates have gone down, but the flu vaccination rates were actually actually higher.
The flu vaccination rate is actually about 80 per cent, but if we were to do a mandatory vaccine program in Australia, that would increase the flu vaccine uptake by 40 per [percent].”
Dr. Andrew Glynn, a vaccine expert at the Institute for Medical Research in Sydney, agreed with Dr. Jorgenson that the program will be ineffective, and will likely result in fewer vaccinations.
“In a situation like this, we need to be taking precautions, and we need the Australian population to be vaccinated,” Dr, Glynn said.”[We] need the public to be informed about the dangers of getting this vaccine, we want them to be given the information, but we also need to make sure they’re protected and that’s why we are recommending the public not be vaccinated at all.”
Dr Glynn explained that there are some cases of people who have contracted the virus who have not been vaccinated.
“The public is generally not being given enough information about the risks, and if we’re talking about the very sick people, we know that the virus can be passed on from the mother to the baby,” he said.
“We don’t know if they’re going to get the virus from a close contact, but it’s certainly something that needs to be thought through.”
It is important to stress that there is not a lot of information out there.
The people who are vaccinated will have to deal with a whole new set of challenges, which will make things much more difficult for the public.
“Dr Lacey said the increased cases of the flu may be due to increased cases in a few areas of Australia, such in Sydney.”
Dr Jorgensen said the vaccine is not perfect, and there is still more work to be done before it is fully effective.””
This is a very high risk situation for people, and the fact that they’re still able to get it even in this vulnerable period is something that we need people to be aware of.”
Dr Jorgensen said the vaccine is not perfect, and there is still more work to be done before it is fully effective.
“For the first time, we’ve actually seen that there’s a very significant decrease in the incidence of coronapavirus in Australia,” he explained.
“Covid-9 and coronapovirus are the two viruses that cause most of the outbreaks that we see in the world.”
Dr Kelleher said that the vaccination program is only going to be effective in the short term, and that the Australian public will be able to expect a spike in the number of coronovirus cases as the new program takes effect.
“If we are going to vaccinate people, they are going in the wrong direction,” Dr Kelleh said.
“There’s been a big increase in the numbers of cases of other infectious diseases, but in Australia we are still seeing a very low number of cases.”