Bermuda will begin this week vaccination against influenza
Monday, December 28th, 2009

December 28, 2009, 13:16 Hamilton, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The Bermuda Department of Health this week will start vaccinating against influenza A (H1N1) in high risk groups.

As in other Caribbean states, this nation took over a month to purchase Tamiflu for the fall of 50 per cent of world production of that drug.

According to the official sector, John Cann, the drug will be distributed to children under two, pregnant women, elderly and people with asthma, diabetes or other chronic condition that could weaken the immune system.

The vaccine, "he pointed also apply to health workers and will be available in the consultations in paediatrics, obstetrics and in all health units in the state. Cann added that the immunization for the rest of the Islanders will start in early January.

Bermuda explained that although only 16 confirmed cases reported to the disease and no deaths, the virus still poses a major threat to public health in the country.

On that occasion, stressed the need for extreme hygiene measures and in particular, frequent hand washing.

Furthermore, the World Health Organization estimated at more than 11 thousand 516 deaths due to the global pandemic.

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