Turkey Begins Vaccination as H1N1 Death Toll Rises to 7.
Nearly 350,000 health personnel and pilgrims embarking on hajj began receiving shots on Monday throughout Turkey. The first shipment of 500,000 doses of swine flu vaccine arrived in Turkey last week. Samples of the vaccine were tested at the Refik Saydam Public Health Center, Turkey's national public health research laboratory, and then distributed to health institutions across the country. The center announced that no problems were detected with random samples of the vaccine they had evaluated.
One of the first people to be vaccinated was Istanbul Provincial Health Director Ali Ihsan Dokucu, who received shot at the Istanbul Sisli Etfal Hospital. Health Minister Recep Akdag is expected to receive a shot on Tuesday.
"A total of 44,000 public servants will be vaccinated at the first phase," Dokucu told reporters before he was administered the vaccine.
The Health Ministry announced on Monday that the number of people who were confirmed to have died of H1N1 in Turkey has risen to seven.
The total number of swine flu cases in Turkey since it was first discovered in the country in May is estimated to have exceeded 1,800.
The Health Ministry has prepared a scheme to identify high-risk groups and take precautionary measures against the epidemic, classifying the morbidly obese, pregnant women, those below the age of 2 and those with chronic heart and lung diseases as high-risk groups.
According to the ministry, people with at least one symptom of swine flu, such as a high fever, sore throat, headache, nasal flow, coughing, difficulty breathing, vomiting and diarrhea will be treated as "possible cases." If those included in groups mentioned above have these symptoms, they will be designated as part of the "high-risk group for fatal disease.
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|Publication:||Cihan News Agency (CNA)|
|Date:||Nov 2, 2009|
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