Spain plans swine flu vaccinations from October
Spain announces plan to vaccine health workers, pregnant women, children under age 14 and people suffering from major illnesses after the country reports its 20th death from the virus.Madrid – Spain said Thursday it planned to start swine flu vaccinations in late October or early November, as the country recorded its 20th death from the illness.
The vaccinations would start when the laboratories provide them, "which will happen simultaneously across Europe, expected in late October and early November," said Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez.
In July, Jimenez announced plans to vaccinate up to 40 percent of Spain's population of around 46 million people against swine flu.
The first to benefit would be health workers and others in essential services, pregnant women, children under age 14 and people suffering from illnesses such as cardiovascular or respiratory diseases that put them at a higher risk.
Spain was the first European country to confirm a case of the A(H1N1) virus, which emanated from Mexico.
The health ministry said Thursday that a 33-year-old man died from swine flu in the north-western region of Galicia, becoming Spain 20th fatality from the illness.
AFP / Expatica