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    Re: Australia - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

    Aussies urged to get swine flu vaccine

    <!-- Class 'push-0' just right-aligns the element so that the main content comes first. --><!-- cT-storyDetails --><CITE>March 21, 2010 - 11:54AM</CITE>
    An advertising campaign warning Australians to prepare themselves for the flu season has begun, as authorities try to prevent another swine flu pandemic.

    Australia's flu season officially starts in May, but already there have been 50 confirmed cases of swine flu in the country this year.

    Health Minister Nicola Roxon is appealing to the public to be vaccinated, especially those vulnerable to the virus, such as pregnant women, the chronically ill, elderly and indigenous Australians.

    The free PanvaxH1N1 vaccine is available to all Australians aged six months and older during the 2010 flu season.

    "To help people understand the risks swine flu poses to the community and the need for all people to get vaccinated the Australian government is launching the Facts about Swine Flu campaign," Ms Roxon said in a statement.

    In 2009, there were 37,636 cases of swine flu in Australia, including 191 associated deaths.

    The median age of those who died was 53 years, compared to 83 years for seasonal influenza, the statement said.
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela