One of Australia’s top heath advisers says the Turnbull Government is investigating stronger flu vaccines, after the deaths of more than 500 people this year.
Australia’s chief medical officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, said a new vaccine could be fast tracked to help combat a particularly deadly influenza. The virus has killed 546 people nationally this year. The median age of death is 85.
Chairman of the Immunisation Coalition, Professor Paul van Buynder, said this season, doctors treated patients who had contracted the flu despite being vaccinated.
“We know that this year there was a mismatch between the vaccine strain and the actual strain that circulated in the community, so we used a vaccine that didn’t work particularly well,”