Finland to vaccinate entire population against A/H1N1 flu 2009-11-26 21:51:31   Print

    HELSINKI, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health announced Thursday that the entire population of Finland will be offered free vaccinations against A/H1N1 flu.

    Sufficient doses for all the 5.3 million people in the country have been ordered, but only a portion have so far arrived in Finland. Those in risk groups are being inoculated first. Vaccinations have proceeded from healthcare workers, pregnant women, the long-term ill, infants, school-age children and the elderly at present. So far, a million people in the country have been inoculated against A/H1N1 flu.

    According to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the A/H1N1 flu epidemic had peaked throughout the country, with 6,122 confirmed cases and 16 deaths linked to the virus. Fifteen of the victims had a pre-existing condition.

    Besides that, a suspect case of A/H1N1 influenza virus infection of pig has been found in Finland and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare will announce the sample test result within a few days.

Special Report:  World Tackles A/H1N1 Flu 

Editor: Lin Zhi
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