A/H1N1 flu vaccine approved in Australia
An A/H1N1 flu vaccine has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon confirmed on Friday, Xinhua reported.
The vaccine, developed by Australian pharmaceutical firm CSL, will be available later in September.
Roxon said there was enough vaccination available for all adults.
"I encourage people to now take the opportunity to protect themselves and their families against the pandemic flu by getting vaccinated," she told reporters in Canberra.
"The government from day one has been determined to combat this disease in a sensible, clear and direct way," she said, adding " the vaccine now is our best defense against the pandemic flu."
Roxon noted while the virus has been mild for most people, it has had severe effects on more than 100 children.
She said the flu has been associated with thousands of hospitalizations and 172 deaths in Australia.