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Swine Flu

Doctors Saves Vaccine for His Ice Hockey Team

A Swedish Ice Hockey team has become embroiled in controversy after it emerged that the team doctor ordered a batch of Swine flu vaccine from the local health authority for patients in the "at risk group" in his private clinic and then gave it to his players at Leksand.

The health authority in Dalarna in central Sweden told Aftonbladet newspaper that it felt "mislead" by doctor Ronny Borelius. The paper reports that the Ice Hockey doctor had ordered 50 doses of the vaccine for patients in the "at risk" groups at his private clinic then instead gave it to the fit and healthy players of Leksand.

The health authority said that it went totally against its principles and priorities to vaccinate fully fit hockey players before people in the at risk groups.

40,000 people in the county have been identified in the "at risk groups."

Earlier, Ronny Borelius had told his local newspaper Dala-Demokraten that he had many players with asthma in the squad and combined with their hard job on the ice, were "at risk."

Meanwhile the latest figures have been released for those infected with Swine flu in Sweden. Last week saw a new peak level of 350 new cases, compared with 200 the week before.

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