Professor Doherty, a Nobel prize winning scientist and vaccine expert, believes that it is important for scientists such as himself to avoid any conflict of interest when advising industry and the public. In a recent article in The Australian he stressed that he did not have any links with industry, which would inhibit being able to speak freely. Having recently been appointed the key investigating scientist into this years seasonal flu vaccine that triggered febrile convulsions in 100 children, Professor Doherty was obviously aware of the publics lack of trust of so called experts that are not truly independent of industry. In fact, the Australian article also declared that two government immunisation advisers had declared links with the manufacturer of the flu vaccine.

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