Immunization and Children: A Look at Australia’s Ban on the Flu Vaccine in Small Children

In my work as a children’s author, researcher, and kids’ health advocate, I stay abreast of the latest health news in an effort to safeguard the health of children.  In my research, I have come across alarming reports from Australia, regarding the health risk of the flu vaccine in children, the same vaccine we use in the U.S. Several startling symptoms have been reported in dozens of children, and the vaccine is now banned by Australian authorities for children under five. In the U.S., however, the vaccine is still being implemented.

According to WA Today, it was announced by the Commonwealth chief health officer, Professor Jim Bishop, that flu vaccinations in kids under five were banned in Australia after 23 children in Western Australia were admitted to hospitals due to convulsions after their injections. One of these children, a one-year-old, went into a coma. It turns out that more than 60 children reacted adversely to the vaccine, showing symptoms such as vomiting and febrile convulsions.

Child Health Associate Professor Peter Richmond of the University of Western Australia School of Pediatrics said that only Fluvax, produced by the largest biopharmaceutical company in Australia called CSL, was being used to vaccinate children in WA. Concerns have been raised regarding why it took two weeks of reports of adverse reactions to the vaccine in children before the ban was implemented. Professor Richmond stressed that the vast majority of children receiving Fluvax hadn’t reported such complications.

Despite the fact that the Commonwealth chief medical officer issued a warning to the country regarding the vaccine, the U.S. and U.K., which are using the same vaccine, haven’t suspended vaccinations. According to Natural News, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)has insisted that all children in the USA — regardless of age — should now be injected with this very same flu vaccine,” according to Natural News.

What is responsible in the vaccine for these convulsions? There is a chemical called an “adjuvant,” a standard vaccine ingredient added in order to stimulate the immune system to respond to the weakened virus in the vaccine. According to Natural News, adjuvants are made up of a very inflammatory chemical that can cause brain tissue and nervous system damage, and researchers suspect that it can increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. According to Mike Adams, the editor of Natural News, “It is this adjuvant that most likely caused the convulsions in children.”

There’s no doubt that most parents have heard about the possible health risks associated with vaccinations. With an alarmingly high and growing number of autistic children in the U.S., the link between vaccines and the neurodevelopmental disorder is being examined by the medical community with more fervor than ever. The vaccine health emergency in West Australia is an important reminder to the U.S. that medical authorities may not be fully informed about the effects of vaccines and that the wide-scale immunization policy we apply in our country may perhaps not be the optimum for safeguarding the health of our children.

Along this line, it’s interesting that, while noting that even though it hadn’t been determined yet whether the flu vaccine itself was responsible for the convulsions in children, Dr. Richmond nevertheless recommended that people over the age of five in the meantime should still get vaccinated with it.

Natural News raises the question of whether immunization is necessary at all. The news website posted a series of graphs of incidence of children’s diseases, including whooping cough, diphtheria, measles, typhoid fever, and polio, which indicated that the rate of disease incidence was already following a declining trend before the vaccines were introduced.

In the end, it’s up to parents to make informed decisions regarding immunizing their children. Studies show that vitamin D and probiotics are effective in preventing the flu in children; these supplements aren’t embroiled in controversy nor are there any risks associated with them. By taking the time to inform ourselves as parents, speaking with qualified health care professionals, and examining the facts, we may be able to avoid putting our children in harm’s way before it’s too late. This is true in immunizations as well as many other aspects of your children’s health.

Tina Turbin



WA News: Flu vaccination ban goes national after fever, convulsions in children

Natural News: Australia bans flu vaccines in children after vomiting, fevers, seizures

Natural News: Probiotics Controls Colds and Flu

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13 Responses to Immunization and Children: A Look at Australia’s Ban on the Flu Vaccine in Small Children

  1. Britney Stryker says:

    Oh my what a great/heartbreaking picture! The story itself is definitely heart-breaking. This goes to show you that you can’t put your health and safety in the hands of the government! The scariest part of this article:

    “Despite the fact that the Commonwealth chief medical officer issued a warning to the country regarding the vaccine, the U.S. and U.K., which are using the same vaccine, haven’t suspended vaccinations.”


  2. Felicity Guevara says:

    I can’t believe this! I never bought into flu shots at all. Literally (I know this is anecdotal evidence but still…) EVERY SINGLE PERSON I KNOW who got a flu shot all got sick or had strange symptoms right afterwards. And in the end, did you know that they all got the flu? My family didn’t at all. I used probiotics, vitamin D, vitamin C, echinacea and other natural symptoms to fight everything off completely.

  3. Janet Plining says:

    I’m totally disgusted by this. People in this country (and around the world) need to WAKE UP! We need to be proactive about our health at all times and can never let our guard down. There are some very bad people out there trying to control us through things like medication, etc. for money. Anyway, sorry to get so serious here about this, but this blog post really shows you how important this issue is. Your child can die if you don’t take the responsibility you need to when it comes to his or her health!

  4. D.F. says:

    How heartbreaking. You think you’re helping your kids but really it turns out you’re putting them in harm’s way. Parents need to really understand who we can trust and sadly it’s not the government and it’s not most traditionally-educated medical doctors who just regurgitate a bunch of baloney they learn about in medical school. Glad you’re posting this, as I didn’t even hear about this on the news, and you think this would’ve been broadcasted everywhere!

  5. Faith says:

    Oh dear this is really unbelievable and so so so wrong. That they would wait so long before issuing a warning is so messed up. I feel that there are so many other things out there on the market, especially psychoactive drugs and other vaccines, that have really serious side effects and I bet one of these days they’re going to come out and tell us how bad it all really is. Remember what happened with diet pills?

  6. Mora says:

    Hi wow another immunizatiion blog! This rocks! i like that you are at least posing questions and sharing facts and at the same time we haven’t even heard your opinion. Very classy! It makes me feel comfortable to think what I want to think and practice what I feel is right with my children. I actually believe in certain vaccines but definitely NOT the flu one–there’s no history or long-term monitoring on this stuff. Clearly it’s motivated by profit.

  7. Natasha Pula says:

    I am so glad you mentioned vitamin D here and also probiotics. i used to get sick ALL the time after my two kids were born and they would get sick too. Then I went and got a blood test and it was found that I was deficient in vitamin D. I started taking tons of vitamin D and gave this to my son and daughter as well and now we only get sick once a year, which is so unbelievable after we were getting sick once or twice a month!

  8. Theresa says:

    I am so shocked I’m actually speechless. Your post speaks for itself. I find myself constantly disappointed by government agencies so I really shouldn’t be surprised. I’m most alarmed by the fact that I never heard anything about this. This is why the internet and blogs are so important and I encourage people to keep reading not only your blogs but several others and newsletters too such as Dr. Mercola’s for example.

  9. Felicity Hernandez says:

    I really don’t even know why people get the flu vaccine! There’s no long-term track record for it at all and oh my god so what if you get the flu? Is it worth putting yourself at risk of taking in toxic chemicals into your body? Plus literally everyone I know who got the flu vaccine still got sick! Everybody!

  10. Samantha Greenwood says:

    Wow. Why didn’t I hear about this? I am so against the flu vaccine and this just confirms what I already know to be true. The government isn’t there to look out for you. It isn’t, sorry. It’s made up of individual human beings, who are human and thus are liable to fall prey to greed, false information, and ignorance. Just look at our public schools. Just take some vitamin D. You’ll be all right, guys.

  11. Norma Barry says:

    I’m glad this wasn’t a fatal accident but I’m wondering if anyone knows how that child is doing who went into a coma? That just breaks my heart. I can’t even imagine what his or her parents are going through.

  12. Nathalie says:

    I have emailed this to everyone I know. This is really really disturbing and I can’t believe I’m hearing about just now on your blog. Thank you for sharing this. Sincerely, Nat

  13. Sylvia Sylmar says:

    Yikes. Glad to see so many responses though. Americans aren’t informed about this is all. We just need to get the word out. I recommend that everyone who sees this email it to a friend or post it on facebook. That will help spread awareness about it.

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