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Monday, May 31, 2010

Philippines : Health workers get first shot at A(H1N1) vaccine

Via Panay News :

" SAN JOSE, Antique : Health care personnel in the province of Antique were the first priority in the Influenza A(H1N1) vaccination.

The vaccines for this province were donated by the World Health Organization.

A total of 3,225 frontline responders and health care workers to include doctors, nurses, midwives, nursing attendant, laboratory personnel, ambulance drivers, field health personnel of the Department of Education, barangay nutrition scholars and barangay health workers of both government and private hospitals will be given the vaccine first because they are at high risk of contacting with patients, specimen and other sources of contamination.

This campaign is in response to the Department of Health’s guideline on deployment and use of the pandemic A(H1N1) vaccines donated by the World Health Organization.

Influenza A(H1N1) vaccination is a health system response to reduce the impact of the pandemic spreading through human population across a large region or even worldwide. It will boost immunity against the new influenza virus and help mitigation efforts as the pandemic evolves."

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