Marcello Lippi considers players being vaccinated against swine flu

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Italy coach Marcello Lippi has admitted that he is consulting the Azzurri medical team over getting La Nazionale vaccinated against swine flu.

Earlier this month, Italy announced its first swine flu victim was a 51-year-old man with chronic heart problems who died in a Naples hospital.

The country expects swine flu to peak between December and January, with 1.5 million to 3 million cases.

"We are evaluating the hypothesis of vaccinating the players of all our football teams against Influenza A," Lippi told the press at the Festival of Health currently underway in his hometown, Viareggio.

"We have spoken with Professor Castellacci, the man responsible for this on our medical staff, and we have evaluated the situation, not because of the dangers of the flu, but because it's very contagious.

"Maybe we'll take precautions with regard to all our footballers."

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