French circus calls for big top flu vaccination
A French circus ringmaster has called for clowns, lion-tamers and other staff to be publicly vaccinated against swine flu under the big tops where they perform.
France has started offering vaccines to groups considered to be at risk.
Authorities in the town of Chartres, southwest of Paris, reported on Monday that a six-year-old girl had died after contracting the A(H1N1) flu virus, bringing the death toll in mainland France to 58.
Edelstein, head of a national circus union, said many of his 150 performers and technicians, who play in front of thousands of visitors, were foreigners living in caravans and had "little chance of receiving a vaccination voucher."AFP/Expatica