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Health And Emergency Staff To Get Swine Flu Vaccine

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Tony Ryall. Pic: NZPA
Tony Ryall. Pic: NZPA

Wellington, July 6 NZPA - The Government is spending millions of dollars securing a swine flu vaccine to protect health professionals and other frontline staff.

However it is unlikely to be available until December because of the licensing process.

Prime Minister John Key told reporters the government had ordered 300,000 doses of a vaccine from Baxter Healthcare -- enough to give 150,000 people the required two doses.

There were no plans for a national campaign as the swine flu was relatively minor. The targeted campaign aimed at supporting frontline services in health, emergency and other critical services.

Health Minister Tony Ryall said the confirmed number of cases hit 1059 today but that was the "tip of the iceberg" because there was less testing now under the management phase of the health response compared to containment.

At risk groups such as asthmatics were not at this stage to get the vaccine. No government ministers would get it either.

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