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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Swine flu still a significant risk, warn doctors

Via Brisbane Times, another clear indication that H1N1 is still posing dangerous illness in mankind.

" Last May some experts predicted there would be up to 25,000 deaths from swine flu in Australia. The figure was closer to 200. Only 7.9 million out of 21 million doses of the swine flu vaccine have so far been ordered by GPs. Now that the seasonal flu vaccine, which includes swine flu, has become available many doses may be wasted.

Dr Hampson said swine flu still posed a threat to high-risk groups including pregnant women, people over 65, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged over 15 and people with chronic medical conditions such as severe asthma or diabetes.

The federal government has committed to providing more than 5 million free seasonal flu vaccines, including about 2.2 million doses for people in high-risk groups who were otherwise not eligible for a free vaccine."

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