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Japanese encephalitis vaccine: is it being sufficiently used in travellers?

Med J Aust 2004; 181 (5): 269-270.

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  • Catherine M Geraghty1
  • James S McCarthy2

  • Department of Infectious Diseases, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.

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