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Media statement from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy regarding media claims about flu vaccines.

The Australian Government is committed to immunisation and to ensuring Australia has the best possible vaccination program underpinned by sound evidence and effective vaccines.

The public and stakeholders now have an additional two weeks to provide input on the national Health Star Rating (HSR) system, as public consultation is extended until 17 August.

Following a decision by the European Commission to implement a number of medical device reforms, including to up-classify all surgical mesh medical devices to Class III and to provide patient implant cards and consumer product information for all implantable medical devices.

All Australian Governments have agreed to initiate the third review of the National Scheme for the Regulation of Gene Technology (the Review). The Review will be led by a working group comprised of senior officials from Commonwealth and state and territory governments.

Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk A/S, in consultation with the TGA, has initiated a consumer level recall of some batches of their NovoPen Echo insulin cartridge holder after detecting there is a possibility they may crack or break if exposed to chemicals in certain cleaning agents.

Australia’s therapeutic goods regulator is implementing new arrangements to simplify and improve the handling of complaints about the advertising of medicines and medical devices to the public.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will be able to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine for free under the National Immunisation Program from 2015.

There is now a free vaccine for shingles available for people 70 years old. A free catch up is also available for 71 to 79 year olds.

A national immunisation coverage target provides a goal against which Australia can measure its immunisation coverage. The Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020 encourages countries to demonstrate a commitment to immunisation.

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