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Swine flu: doctors blast anti-vaccination sceptics

A leading association of clinicians on Monday accused an "anti-vaccination movement" of breeding suspicion about the (A)H1N1 swine flu vaccine in Europe and declared public health and lives were at risk.

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) said it was worried by the slow rate of vaccination in some European countries.

"ESCMID joins others concerned about the lack of uptake due to both public skepticism and deliberate misinformation being raised by a growing anti-vaccination movement in a number of countries," the Swiss-based group said in a press release.

"It is feared a low uptake of the vaccine could greatly hamper efforts to control the pandemic and increase pressure on health systems across Europe."
 
 

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