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Friday, February 12, 2010

H1N1 Vaccine Priority For Front-Line Staff

The latest from Malaysia with regards to H1N1 vaccination. The whole report:

" Priority on the H1N1 immunisation vaccine will be given to front-line staff comprising health workers in public and private sectors, police, fire and rescue department, immigration and military personnel.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said, such measures were implemented due to the limited supply of the vaccine.

He said the respective state health departments were currently distributing the vaccine, adding that the health ministry had also identified the high-risk target group to be given the vaccine.

"The group comprises pregnant women and those undergoing pregnancy care at government health facilities, patients with kidney failure and undergoing dialysis at government facilities.

"Priority will also be given to patients who suffer from chronic diseases and get treatment at government health facilities, and individuals with morbid obesity or suffering from any chronic disease and get treatment at government facilities," he said in a statement here Thursday.

Dr Mohd Ismail said those who were categorised in the above-mentioned groups could get the vaccine at 87 government health facilities nationwide."As the vaccine supply is limited, it will be given on a first-come, first- served basis," he said."

Reading the whole news article, sometimes makes me wonder about our priorities in life with limited resources. Hmmmm.......

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