Faulkner urges more checks on flu vaccine related illness

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influenza fluAUSTRALIA - Labor Senator John Faulkner wants more to be done to check if parliamentary staff have become sick after being given a flu vaccination.

The head of the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS), Hilary Penfold, says Comcare has accepted that a staff member's illness was associated with being given the vaccine in 2005.

Ms Penfold says there is at least one other case she is aware of that has been linked to that round of vaccinations.

Senator Faulkner has urged her to carry out further checks.

"I think on something as important as this, where the health and wellbeing of staff of DPS are concerned, you've got to make every possible effort to ensure that you're doing all you can to identify a problem, if it exists, and provide support in those circumstances," Senator Faulkner said.

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