Monday, July 27, 2009

Canada tallies swine flu vaccine needs

From CBC News:
Canadian health officials are deciding on how much swine flu vaccine will be needed in the country this fall.

Dr. Arlene King, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said Monday the order must be placed by the end of the month, and that officials are working on a firm number of how many people will want or need the vaccine.

King noted the whole vaccine order will not be ready at the same time, but said officials expect the vaccine to first become available in mid-November.

At a meeting in Toronto, King told public health units from across the province to factor the H1N1 virus into their back-to-school preparations. Younger people are more likely to fall ill, which means people in campus residences could be at greater risk, she said.

"We know that there's a high degree of susceptibility in persons under the age of 50," King said. ...more

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