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    <TABLE class=lan18 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="97%" align=center border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=hei22 vAlign=bottom height=25>Vaccine for H1N1 flu to arrive in Fiji in December: WHO



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    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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    Re: Vaccine for H1N1 flu to arrive in Fiji in December: WHO

    H1N1 vaccine next month

    Monika Singh
    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    FIJI and some Pacific islands will receive H1N1 vaccine from the World Health Organisation next month.

    Ministry of Health media officer Iliesa Tora said it will the first time H1N1 vaccine is made available to Pacific countries.

    Mr Tora said when the influenza H1N1 broke out in the Pacific the Ministry of Health only had Tamiflu tablets to fight the virus.

    "The national influenza taskforce will discuss the H1N1 situation in Fiji and the vaccine," Mr Tora said.

    WHO representative in the South Pacific Dr Chen Ken said that based on latest information, the vaccine would be available to Pacific Island countries by next month.

    He said the arrival of the vaccine depended on several factors.

    "WHO staff in our office, the WHO regional office in Manila and WHO headquarters in Geneva as well as colleagues from partner agencies have been working on it," he said.

    "To conduct quality vaccination campaigns and provide the vaccine to priority groups requires a lot of preparatory work."

    On the update of H1N1 cases in Fiji, Dr Chen said there had been no cases of H1N1 influenza reported in Fiji of late.

    However, he said it was necessary that surveillance and testing for influenza-like illness continued.

    He said WHO was working with Pacific nations on prevention and preparation for the second wave of the pandemic.

    Dr Chen said experience showed the second wave was often more serious than the first and affected more people.

    "Many countries in the northern hemisphere, where it is winter now, are reporting very high rates of influenza-like illness and new cases of H1N1."

    http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=133819
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      Re: Vaccine for H1N1 flu to arrive in Fiji in December: WHO

      H1N1 vaccine arrives in Fiji


      Ministry of Information

      Mar 05 |10:50 am

      The arrival of 80,000 doses of Panvax H1N1 vaccine for the Influenza A H1N1 will allow the Ministry of Health to respond to the global Influenza A H1N1 pandemic and protect those most vulnerable to infection.

      The vaccine, which arrived into the country yesterday, will be used first to protect all health care workers and support staff to ensure there is no disruption to health care services in Fiji. The provision of the vaccine was possible through the joint assistance of the World Health Organisation, AUSAID, UNICEF and JICA.

      All pregnant women, in any trimester during 2009, will be offered a dose of this vaccine. The primary objective of the pandemic Influenza A H1N1 vaccination campaign in Fiji is to save lives and protect those most at risk of serious infection with this new virus.

      The remaining doses will be distributed to those with chronic conditions, who are at most risk of severe outcomes from influenza - those aged between 10 (to be reduced to 2 years once clinical trial results are released in the coming weeks) and 40 years, and who attend the health care service for their condition during the month of March 2010 (including diabetes, chronic diseases including respiratory diseases, cardiac, neurological, liver, renal, those who are immunocompromised and children attending a special school).

      At the end of this time vaccine stock will be assessed and the upper age limit revised if stock allows. Fiji will require about 87,000 doses of Influenza A H1N1 vaccine to vaccinate the above target groups.

      The total cost of the budget required is FJ$249,651. Government recognises this as a campaign of public health importance and will contribute a 3.5 percent of the total funding required to carry out this important vaccination campaign. Donor agencies like the World Health Organisation, AUSAID, UNICEF and JICA have also assisted in ensuring that the vaccine does get to Fiji.

      The priority target group will be healthcare workers. This includes village health workers, nursing stations, health centres, subdivisional hospitals and divisional and specialised hospitals. Tertiary health care services are currently offered in each division. Subdivisional hospitals offer primary care and are limited to secondary health care services.

      General Practitioners and Private hospitals in Fiji are also playing a major role in providing health care services to the population of Fiji. Supporting the health care workers are the students from the two major health institutions, Fiji School of Medicine and the Fiji school of Nursing.

      Vaccine will be offered to the entire Ministry of Health establishment including, but not limited to all nurses, doctors, ward assistants, cooks, domestic, admin and maintenance staff. In addition, the vaccine will be offered to medical and nursing students at the Fiji School of Medicine, Fiji School of Nursing and general practitioners and private hospital staff. It is anticipated that by protecting the health care workforce at large the impact of the second wave of influenza A H1N1 pandemic on health care services will be minimised.

      This target group will receive vaccine at their place of work during February 2010. Target will be 10,000 health workers. Other target groups will be:

      1. Pregnant Women
      It is well documented that pregnant women have suffered high morbidity and mortality from the influenza A H1N1 pandemic 2009. For this reason any woman who is currently or will become pregnant during 2010, regardless of their trimester, will be offered a dose of the Influenza A H1N1 2009 vaccine.

      In Fiji, the majority of pregnant women attend ante natal clinics either at subdivision hospitals or health centres, for this reason vaccine will be offered in these settings and high coverage is expected to be achieved. Domiciliary vaccination will be conducted for pregnant women in isolated areas. Target for this group will be 25,000 pregnant women.

      2. Chronic Diseases

      Influenza A H1N1 vaccine will be offered for a limited time period to those with chronic conditions aged between 10 (to be reduced to 2 years once clinical trial results are released in the coming weeks) and 40 years, who attend health services for a clinic, emergency visit, or are hospitalised during the month of March 2010 including:

      Chronic respiratory condition (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease);

      Chronic renal failure;

      Chronic liver disease;

      Persons who are immunosupressed including HIV/AIDS and cancer;

      Diabetics;

      Chronic cardiac conditions excluding simple hypertension;

      Chronic neurological conditions; and

      Children attending a special school.

      At the end of March 2010 a stock assessment of vaccine will be conducted and if stock allows the upper age limit of this group will be revised upward. Target for this group will be 53,000 people.

      http://www.fiji.gov.fj/index.php?opt...ses&Itemid=155
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      -Nelson Mandela

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