Norway is preparing for a large vaccination process against a type of flu possibly similar to the swine flu, reports suggest.
It is not yet known either what kind of flu could possibly strike, or in what time-frame it will reach Norway.
Nevertheless, Institute of Public Health (FHI) director Geir Stene-Larsen told NRK, “With this, we are preparing ourselves for a possible new pandemic.”
The move comes amongst criticism and reports of 93 compensation applications so far following the state-run Pandemrix vaccination programme.
Many felt had not undergone enough testing, and it is gradually emerging there are possible links between the vaccine and Narcolepsy.
Minister of Health and Care Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen issued a statement, Friday, expressing concern at the seriousness of the numbers of children and potential connection.
“We’re not going to leave any stone unturned,” she declared.
Meanwhile, the FHI’s Mr Stene-Larsen hopes that Norway can sign a variable deal as during the swine flu pandemic.
Almost nine million doses of Pandemrix were ordered for the worst-case scenario involving two vaccinations per person, but only 1.5 million used. The surplus vaccines have now had to be destroyed as they are out of date.
“It is too early to say which vaccines we are going to order this time, but we will enter into agreements to ensure access to vaccines when a pandemic comes”, said Mr Stene-Larsen to NRK.
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