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A swine-flu vaccine has been given official approval for use in Australia.
Australia's biggest-ever immunisation program to combat the deadly swine flu virus will begin in less than two weeks.
Free doses of the vaccine will be initially available for all adults from September 30, to protect them from a pandemic that has killed 172 Australians and 3,500 people worldwide.
Doses for children aged 10 and over are expected to be available by mid-October.
The nation's 7,500 general practices will start receiving deliveries of the Panvax vaccine from next week.
The government has bought 21 million doses and state and territory health authorities have already been given four million samples.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved the one-shot protection vaccine, which Melbourne-based pharmaceutical firm CSL had been developing since May.
The $100 million program to develop a swine flu vaccine in Australia has produced a vaccine which its maker says will have a 95 per cent success rate in adults.
People with diabetes, asthma, obesity, weak immune systems and pregnant women will initially be given priority, along with doctors and nurses.
Originally posted by irishchic
San Antonio news this am that by "Mid October",they will have "clinics" set up in the public schools in the city to "dispense the vaccine"...it will be via a parental permission slip (at first,no doubt) and will be given free of charge.
They made it cystal clear that it IS expected you will have your child vaccinated...they were actively looking for "volunteers" to administer and organize the clinics asap.
The virus is "here" but I haven't heard of anyone becoming really ill from it nor have they closed a single school or cancelled a single event including the dozens of football games that Texas is famous for every Fri/ night...
But you gotta' have that vaccine.
Stinks of fish to me.
Originally posted by Doc Holiday
I got this news directly from my mother today that in two weeks she and all the hospital workers will be getting mandatory pig shots, and they are trying to make it so that the people in the household the employees live have to have it also.....
She is an emergency tech, and sees everything that comes off the meat wagons, to the uninsured, using the ER for their general doctor visit..
I made sure to have her let me know how they are tracking or keeping tabs on who has been vaccinated! IE Braclet, RFID chip, she will tell me soon!
Originally posted by Dark Ghost
Just to be clear: my major concern is not to do with how dangerous the actual virus is at this point, but rather the large quantity of vaccinations being proposed and encouraged. It is one of the largest vaccination programs in Australian history.