Germans sought swine flu vaccine in Austria

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The German demand for the vaccination came out of a rumour that Austria’s vaccine was more effective than their own country’s.

Vienna -- Many Germans sought a swine flu vaccination in Austria, following rumours that their alpine neighbour had a better vaccine than Germany, health authorities said Thursday.

"There were a lot of inquiries, especially around the border region with Bavaria," Christa Entstrasser, spokeswoman for Tirol province's health authority, told AFP.

"This came out of a rumour that Austria had a more effective vaccine than Germany," she said. "Vaccination centres said they received up to 30 phone calls per day."

The peak occurred two weeks ago and then interest faded after information got around that non-residents were not entitled to the A(H1N1) vaccine in Austria, Entstrasser added.

"Everybody can get a vaccine, but they must live in Austria," the health ministry confirmed on Thursday.

Austria, which has so far reported one death from the A(H1N1) virus, ordered enough vaccine for the entire population of 8.3 million shortly after the outbreak of swine flu earlier this year.

A voluntary vaccination campaign was launched on Monday.


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