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Swine flue will hit 400,000 Swedes

More than 400,000 people are expected to get infected by the swine flue in Sweden during the autumn, government agencies said.

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The swine flu pandemic has grown "unstoppable" and all nations will need access to vaccines, a WHO official said Monday, as 12 new deaths were reported and a new study raised fresh concerns.

In Sweden, more than 436,000 Swedes might get infected by the swine flue during the autumn even if vaccination programs gets started quick, according to a simulation made by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) and the Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet).

In the agencies' worst-case scenario, up to 5 million people, more than half of the population, will get infected if the decease spreads quickly, daily Dagens Nyheter reports. 

Britain, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines and Thailand all reported deaths on Monday, while Saudi Arabia shut an international school after 20 students were diagnosed with the A(H1N1) virus.

As the death toll increased, the World Health Organisation official said a swine flu vaccine should be available as early as September and all countries would need to be able to protect themselves.

A group of vaccination experts concluded after a recent meeting that "the H1N1 pandemic is unstoppable and therefore all countries would need to have access to vaccines," said Marie-Paul Kieny, WHO director on vaccine research.

Health workers should be at the top of the list for vaccination since they will be in high demand as people continue to fall sick, she added.

Countries would be free to decide on their national priorities, but other groups should include pregnant women and anyone over six months old who has chronic health problems, the WHO official said.


Last Updated (Tuesday, 09 February 2010 08:06)


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