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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Philippines : Health workers to get first A(H1N1) vaccines – DOH

From The Manila Times, the Department of Health explains their vaccination plan, also to note the last emphasises the importance of meningitis vaccination for kids:

" The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said that health workers, who are considered to be at higher risk of getting infected because of more probable exposure to viruses, will be vaccinated against the A(H1N1) flu virus.

“Our front line health workers are at higher risk for getting the disease than ordinary people due to their larger probability of exposure. In addition, they may also transmit the infection to other patients, as well as their families and co-workers,” Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral said.

“It is appropriate that [the health workers] be given priority now that the vaccines are ready for deployment,” she added.

The Health department plans to vaccinate more than 420,000 health workers starting this month.

Health authorities disclosed that the 1.9 million doses of the vaccine arrived during the last week of March and are now being delivered to different areas of the country.

The vaccines were donated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Philippines as per an agreement signed on November 25.

The WHO pledged to give nine million doses of the said vaccine."

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