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All Norwegians to be vaccinated against influenza A. Health authority to buy millions of doses. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) has confirmed that it has placed an order to buy 9.4 million doses of influenza A vaccines, ensuring that everyone in Norway will receive the necessary two doses when vaccination starts later on this year.Troublesome timeframe Although clinical trials will begin when the first batches are ready from the manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in September, the authorities may lose the race against the clock.

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All Norwegians to be vaccinated against influenza A

Published on Monday, 13th July, 2009 at 19:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 13th July 2009 at 20:26.

Health authority to buy millions of doses.

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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) has confirmed that it has placed an order to buy 9.4 million doses of influenza A vaccines, ensuring that everyone in Norway will receive the necessary two doses when vaccination starts later on this year.

Troublesome timeframe

Although clinical trials will begin when the first batches are ready from the manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in September, the authorities may lose the race against the clock.

The results will not be available until November and, as influenza A (H1N1) is considered to be a mild illness, the authority will almost certainly rule out commencing vaccinations before final approval is given by the EMEA (European Medicines Agency). As this is expected to be at the beginning of December, this may be too late to stave off the annual flu season, which the authority estimates will begin in September this year.

Prioritising

But the authority goes on to say that it may be necessary to administer the vaccine to those groups whose need for it is greatest first. Exactly who these are will be determined on the basis of how the pandemic spreads in the Southern Hemisphere’s approaching winter season.

To begin with, though, it’s estimated that health personnel, and those who have a higher risk of complications due to illness will be given preference.

The vaccine will be distributed by the Institute to the country’s council districts and hospital in the same way as with the annual influenza virus.



Published on Monday, 13th July, 2009 at 19:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 13th July 2009 at 20:26.

This post has the following tags: influenza, h1n1, health, authority, folkehelseinstituttet, vaccination, programme, norwegians, norway, doses, glaxosmithkline, emea.





  
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