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Friday, April 30, 2010

Australia : Doctors bracing for flu epidemic

Via Courier Mail:

" HEALTH authorities are increasingly worried that Queensland is heading for a horror flu season.

Doctors were already expecting a "double whammy" flu threat, with the return of swine flu and two more conventional strains expected to circulate.

Now the number of people requesting flu vaccinations has plummeted after the shots were banned for children aged five and under.

GPs are reporting a 50 per cent drop in requests for the seasonal flu vaccine, which is safe for those over the age of five and protects against swine flu, or H1N1, influenza B and A:Perth.

The swine flu vaccination remains safe for all ages."

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