Before any vaccine or medication can be given to the population it must go through rigorous testing and extensive clinical trials.
In Australia, all vaccines are then reviewed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA does this by carefully looking at and analysing clinical trials, ingredients, manufacturing processes, international evidence and other factors. Once the TGA provides their approval, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) then provides specific guidance on how the vaccines should be rolled out into the community.
Even once a vaccine has been approved, monitoring by the TGA and ATAGI continues. Any suspected problem with a vaccine is thoroughly investigated. This helps to ensure safe and effective immunisation programs and maintain community confidence in vaccines.
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