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Pneumococcal decision welcomed.

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11 June 2004

Pneumococcal decision welcomed

Commenting on today’s pneumococcal vaccine announcement, the Member for Boothby, Dr Andrew Southcott, stated:

“I applaud today’s announcement by the Health Minister. As a doctor, I recognise the devastating impact that pneumococcal disease can have, particularly on the young. This is a decision which I have argued for. Minister Abbott is to be applauded for his leadership on health issues such as the provision of new vaccinations.

Today’s announcement again demonstrates this Government’s commitment to boosting vaccination rates in Australia. Our vaccination rates now exceed 90 per cent compared to a disgraceful 53 per cent under the Labor Government. Labor is in no position to lecture us at all about vaccinations. Our record is very healthy. Labor’s record on vaccinations is frail and weak.”

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