Heath ministry says H1N1 death toll is at 22
The health ministry has announced it believes the number of deaths in which the H1N1 swine flu virus was a contributing factor is at 22. The most recent death was reported Thursday by Ostrava Hospital, which said a 31-year-old man had died the day before after a long period of hospitalisation for pneumonia. Another 72,000 dosages of swine flu vaccine arrived in the country on Wednesday; health care workers have begun vaccinating select, high-risk patients, including children over the age of 10 with chronic illnesses. A number of doctors and nurses have recently publicised negative opinions of the vaccine and have come under fire from vaccine specialists who say it can save the lives of those most at risk.