Aug 15, 2009

Babies to get swine flu jab... even though it hasn't been tested on children under three

Children and babies with health problems which put them at risk of dying from swine flu are to be offered a vaccine jab within weeks.

But there are claims that the programme is being rushed through without sufficient testing.

More than 13million people - most with underlying health problems such as heart trouble, chronic lung disease, asthma and diabetes - will be eligible for jabs, starting in October.

Mothers-to-be will also be included, along with more than two million front-line health workers.
The vaccines are undergoing a fast-track testing process, with trials in England and Europe.

However, safety trials will not involve any children under three, despite babies and toddlers with underlying health problems being first in the queue for jabs.

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