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 Lobby group urges more swine flu vaccine tests The national vaccination program will start at the end of the month. Swine flu vaccine gets...
Lobby group urges more swine flu vaccine tests The national vaccination program will start atthe end of the month. Swine flu vaccine gets final approval
 340 words19 September 2009 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News ABCNEWEnglish(c) 2009 Australian Broadcasting Corporation The
Australian Vaccination Network
lobby group says more testing of the swine flu vaccine needs tobe done before it is given to the public.
The Federal Government has ordered 21 million doses of the vaccine developed by CSL.
 A national vaccination program - the largest the country has seen - will start at the end of the month, initially targetting frontline health workers, pregnant women, Indigenous people and those with chronichealth conditions.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) yesterday announced the vaccine is safe for those over the age of 10, but a decision has not been made on whether children aged nine or under will be able toreceive it.
Australian Vaccination Network
president Meryl Dorey has previously urged the Government not tomake vaccinations compulsory for children.
She says the H1N1 vaccine could prove more dangerous than the disease itself.
"If we find that swine flu is milder than normal seasonal flu, and we have normal seasonal flu every year,and all the government does is simply offer a vaccine for those who want it, why should this flu betreated any differently," Ms Dorey said.
"Why are we spending hundreds of millions of dollars on this vaccine?"
Australian Vaccination Network
was last month subject to an advertising campaign by the Australian Skeptics, which argued the network was spreading misinformation.
 And infectious disease specialist Professor Peter McIntyre has previously said the
AustralianVaccination Network
manipulates research and statistics to argue its case.
"It's been a real characteristic of the anti-vaccine movement in Australia claiming to be looking veryextensively at the scientific evidence," he said.
"If you're someone like me whose job it is to spend their time going through a lot of this evidence, thenyou realise that it really is a complete misinterpretation."
Swine flu has been associated with thousands of hospitalisations and 172 deaths in Australia.
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