(AGI) Rome, Dec 1 - The Fluad flu vaccine was pronounced safeby Italy's National Institute of Health and the Italian DrugAgency on Monday. They said: "The results of the tests confirmthe safety of the flu vaccine, excluding the presence ofendotoxins and showed the appearance and content of the antigenvaccine of the flu shot batches to be in order. The increase inreported problems, with 19 on Monday linked to eight differentbatches, is due to increased awareness among healthprofessionals and the population of the issue following thereports of recent days." The two agencies said they werecalling on everyone, especially those at risk, "to bevaccinated to avoid the complications of this infectiousdisease that causes about 8,000 deaths every year in Italy, inparticular in those above the age of 65". Health MinisterBeatrice Lorenzin said: "We can breathe a sigh of reliefbecause what has emerged from the analysis of the two batchesseized shows there are no grounds to prevent the sale of thevaccine." She chaired the EU Council of Health in Brussels onMonday which approved the conclusions and stated vaccinationswere an effective tool for ensuring public health. (AGI) . .