Government allows mandatory H1N1 vaccinations, decision on chief hygiene officer

The Czech government on Monday agreed to instate mandatory swine flu vaccinations for certain individuals, leaving the decision on whether to do so to Chief Hygiene Officer Michael Vít. The Ministry of Health had proposed that 200,000 individuals – namely policemen, firemen and healthcare workers – be vaccinated in order to ensure the running of the state and received the approval of the National Security Council on Friday. Dr. Vít will put the proposal into effect based on statistics on acute respiratory illnesses, other forms of influenza and the monitoring of the State Health Institute. There are currently 1016 cases of swine flu per 100,000 people and there have been 95 deaths connected to the virus since October. Currently one-fourth of the vaccine stock purchased by the state has been used.