Australian Politician Makes ‘suppository Of All Wisdom’ Gaffe

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"No one - however smart, however well-educated, however experienced - is the suppository of all wisdom," Tony Abbott said Monday. (Source: Seven Network/CNN)

Table 2. Baseline Characteristics One hundred and one hospital patient records were reviewed as detailed in the study flow diagram. (Figure 1 ) A telephone immunization survey was completed in 42% and primary care practitioner records obtained in 66% (33/50) of consenting participants. In those whom a complete telephone immunization survey was obtained, 90% (38/42) [95% confidence intervals (CI) 77%; 97%] were up-to date with routine primary childhood immunizations. Figure 1. Flow diagram of study participants. For additional recommended vaccines, only 5% (5/101) [95% CI 2%; 11%] had received a recommended pneumococcal ‘booster’ and all were on active therapy including azathioprine (4) and infliximab (1). 10% (10/101) [95% CI 5%; 17%] had evidence of having ever received an influenza vaccination, 7% (7/101) [95% CI 3%; 14%] in the year of the survey. Those living in rural Victoria (Odds ratio 6.51 95% CI 1.33; 41.25, p = 0.005) and younger at the age of diagnosis (Pearson square for trend 2 = 16.8; p = 0.002) were more likely to have received an influenza vaccine. The reasons for not having received an influenza vaccine (n = 33) included: not being aware of it (24%); concerned about side effects (24%) not necessary (15%); doctor did not offer it (6%), allergy (6%) and unspecified or other reason (25%). Serological testing, reviewing historical protection from VPD, identified 18% (17/94) with evidence of at least one serology sample. Having serology testing was not associated with age (2 for trend = 1.7; p = 0.42). For the patients who had varicella serology, 18% (2/11) were negative. Pre-diagnosis varicella vaccine had been received by 8 participants, with an additional 30 confirming pre-diagnosis clinical infection. There were four participants (none currently on infliximab) who had hepatitis B serology documented, all were negative for hepatitis B surface antigen (HepBsAg) and seropositive for protective anti-HepB surface antibody. On Hepatitis B vaccination history, immunization was confirmed in 93% (39/42), including 86% (6/7) of those currently on infliximab.

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