Comment: Australia ends free vaccines for adults because it's ineffective

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Australia ends free vaccines for adults because it's ineffective

States ending free parent whooping vaccine

PARENTS across Australia will no longer receive free whooping cough vaccinations because it is not effective in protecting newborns from the potentially deadly illness, a parliamentary committee has heard.

...a Victorian Parliamentary Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing on Tuesday, Department of Health divisional executive director Chris Brook said states were abandoning the "cocooning" program from June 30.

He said the national Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) had determined vaccinating parents was not effective in protecting newborns, after two pharmaceutical manufacturers made submissions to the PBAC.

"The PBAC, which is totally independent and very expert, has determined that there is no clinical effectiveness of this strategy," Professor Brook said. He said this had made it clear the cocooning strategy should not be continued.

"So all jurisdictions who have been in this program will be effectively ceasing the cocooning strategy as of the end of June this year."

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/states-ending-free-pare...

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