Swiss clear Pandemrix for elderly

23rd November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Switzerland lifted some restrictions on the use of swine flu vaccine Pandemrix, allowing it to be used by people over 60.

Geneva -- Switzerland on Thursday lifted some of the restrictions imposed earlier on the use of swine flu vaccine Pandemrix, allowing it to be also used by people over the age of 60.

"The basis for expanding the authorisation is clinical data proving the effectiveness of this vaccine for the said age group," said the regulatory authority Swissmedic in a statement.

The regulator in October authorised British drugs group GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix for adults except pregnant women and those over 60. It also blocked young people under the age of 18 from using the vaccine.

Swissmedic spokesman Joachim Gross told AFP that authorities would not allow pregnant women to use the vaccine.

For those below the age of 18 however, "the ban could still be modified according to test results," he added.

A vaccination campaign against the A(H1N1) virus started earlier in November here, as health authorities reported a surge in cases.

On Wednesday, Switzerland reported its first death from the pandemic flu.

The victim was an infant in the canton Basel.

AFP / Expatica

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