Friday, 23 October 2009

Spain: Swine Flu Vaccinations to Start in November

Source: Costa Blanca News

By Tom Cain

HEALTH Minister, Trinidad Jiménez, has announced that the programme for administering the AH1N1 anti-viral drug to the part of the population considered to be most at risk will begin in November.

She said the criteria for receiving the vaccination is the same all over the country and the programme will be carried out on the same date.

The health ministry says 40 per cent of the population will be vaccinated. This meansat least 800,000 people living in Alicante Province considered to be at risk could qualify.

The at risk group includes medical staff, pregnant women, people who are chronically ill and children up to the age of 14.

A ministry spokesman said the at risk group would only be amplified if it was vitally necessary and there was agreement at EU level.