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Swine flu vaccination to start in Australia

Published 18/09/2009

Australia's health minister says drug regulators have today approved a vaccine for swine flu and that the country will become one of the first to vaccinate against the illness.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the Therapeutic Drug Administration announced that CSL's vaccine was approved.

She said: "This decision now paves the way for a national vaccination program to start later this month."

The World Health Organisation has declared the swine flu strain a pandemic that has killed more than 3,500 people worldwide.

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