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07 April 2010

HIV+ kids get swine flu jab in E Cape

The Eastern Cape health department has begun a mass vaccination campaign against the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

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The Eastern Cape health department has begun a mass vaccination campaign against the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said on Wednesday the campaign was timed to anticipate the winter flu season.

It was also a precautionary measure ahead of the Soccer World Cup and the arrival of thousands of foreign visitors, some of whom might carry the virus.

He said the province had received some 20,000 doses of the vaccine and had already started administering it.

The target for this first round of vaccinations was children aged from 0 to 15 years who were on antiretroviral drugs.

A second round in mid-May would target all health workers, plus pregnant women and other vulnerable people such as those with chest problems and heart disease. - (Sapa, April 2010)

 

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