SUVA, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- THE first batch of Pandemic H1N1 vaccine will be in Fiji in December to ensure the country is ready to face another outbreak should the worse case scenario again hit the world.
World Health Organization Representative to the South Pacific Doctor Ken Chen said Thursday the first batch of H1N1 vaccine will arrive in Fiji on the first week of December.
He assured that distribution to medical centers and hospitals around the nation would begin soon after that.
Chen urges members of the public in the island nation to take precautions in the mean time so they are not infected with the flu.
"People need to step up on hygiene as that is a precautionary measure," he said.
Fiji in the Pacific stands to be a risky area as tourism is a major money earner attracting travelers all over the world and being the hub in the Pacific.
WHO officials based in Denmark confirmed the Pandemic H1N1 virus which mutated into its third strain this week had human and animal genes.
This makes it more deadly than the first two strains of the Pandemic H1N1.
Ahead of another possible medical pandemic to hit the world, medical workers from Fiji and the Pacific are being prepared on how to conduct proper immunization and vaccine methods on people.
With a new strain of the H1N1 virus being discovered in Europe, the training workshop carried out in Fiji has been labeled timely.
This is part of WHO - South Pacific Office plans to prepare pacific island countries for a possible second wave of the H1N1 Flu hitting the Pacific.
The first wave of the H1N1 hit the Pacific, and resulted in several deaths, with Fiji recording more than 100 known cases but none causing death.
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