More Czechs to get swine flu vaccine than previously planned

The Czech government has approved a plan to deal with the swine flu pandemic that will see more people vaccinated than was originally planned. Provisions are in place to vaccinate nearly one million people against the H1N1 virus, the minister of health, Dana Jurásková, said on Thursday. Almost 100,000 doses have already been delivered to the Czech Republic, with vaccinations due to begin at the start of next week. The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the country now stands at around 650. The chief hygiene officer, Michael Vít, says the Czech Republic is likely to see a swine flu epidemic at the start of next month.

Author: Ian Willoughby