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Concerns about H1N1 vaccine trial on children

Posted by bradfieldresident on 11 August 2009

I heard on a television program last night that a swine flu vaccine trial has begun in Sydney, with children being tested for the “optimum treatment”, that is, one shot or two? One woman spoke about how she was eager to have her daughter in the vaccine trial, since her daughter is prone to illnesses due to a suppressed immune system. In the report it was mentioned that a child in the family [update: it was Emily, the daughter with the suppressed immune system] had recently contracted whooping cough, despite supposedly being immunised. What wasn’t asked is why the girl’s mother believed the trial H1N1 immunisation would be effective when clearly other immunisation was not effective.

I had previously read that adult trials had already begun in Adelaide, again only to determine whether one or two doses was best.

For neither of these trials did I hear of there being any control group – a group offered a placebo, or some other vaccine (I have read of a similar flu vaccine trial where some participants were given a hepatitis vaccine) – so the assumption is that yes, the vaccine is good for you, we just need to work out how much you need.

It has been a week since the Department of Health and Ageing’s initial response to my Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza, so I wrote again to express my concern (view email to DoH).

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Tue 11 Aug 09 | To: Jamie Geysen (DoH) | Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza

Posted by bradfieldresident on 11 August 2009

From: Bradfield NSW <bradfieldnsw@gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday 11 August 2009 15:27 (+10)
Subject: Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza [No Protective Marking] [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
To: Health.Ops@health.gov.au
Cc: NIR.Incident.Coordinator, NIR.Operations.Manager, Fay.Gardner@health.gov.au

Mr Geysen,

I am concerned that human trials have begun on young children in Sydney, as announced on television and other news sources, especially after seeing a story about a family who rushed to have their young daughter, with a suppressed immune system, to be part of the trial. In that television item it was noted that one of the family’s children had recently contracted whooping cough “despite being immunised”, a thin admission that immunisation does not work.

I am also concerned that you are delaying your response to my questions about the contents and effectiveness of the vaccines in order to suppress vital information for the people of Australia.

Bradfield Resident, NSW
Tuesday 11 August 2009

Quoted text:
Tue 04 Aug 09 | From: Jamie Geysen (DoH) | Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza

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Tue 04 Aug 09 | From: Jamie Geysen (DoH) | Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza

Posted by bradfieldresident on 4 August 2009

From: <Health.Ops@health.gov.au>
Date: Tuesday 04 August 2009 12:22 (+10)
Subject: Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza [No Protective Marking] [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
To: bradfieldnsw@gmail.com
Cc: NIR.Incident.Coordinator, NIR.Operations.Manager, Fay.Gardner@health.gov.au

Dear Bradfield Resident

Thank you for your questions on Pandemic (H1N1) 2009.

I expect that a response to your questions will be provided within the next week.

Kind regards

Jamie Geysen
for the
National Incident Room

Office of Health Protection

Department of Health and Ageing

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Fri 31 Jul 09 | To: Fay Gardner (DoH) | Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza

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