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Vietnam: H1N1 cases spike as the country awaits vaccine

Updated On: Sep 02, 2009

Vietnam confirmed 69 more cases of A/H1N1 influenza, raising the total number of the flu patients in the country to 2,793, said a report on the website of Vietnam's Ministry of Health on Tuesday.

In the week from August 23-30, Vietnam had 825 new swine flu cases, compared to 533 the previous week.

At the same time, the epidemic seems to be in control in Hanoi schools, with no new patient reported since August 28.

Nguyen Huy Nga, chief of the Preventive Health and Environment Department under the Health Ministry, said that the Health Ministry inspected 13 schools in Hanoi and the northern province of Thai Nguyen last week.

He said that rural schools are facing difficulties in preventing flu because of poor hygienic conditions, lack of health workers and not enough masks for students.

Vietnam needs some five million doses of H1N1 influenza A vaccine for people at high risk of infection, according to National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology director Nguyen Tran Hien.

However, the first batches of vaccine cannot be imported until next year, according to Nguyen Ngan Quyen, director of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Vietnam.

In the meantime, Vietnam is researching its own vaccine production and hopes to bring out the first batches by 2011, said Nguyen Thu Van, director of Vaccine and Biotechnology Products Company No. 1.

Source

Vietnam's A/H1N1 flu cases rise to 2,793, 1 September 2009,

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/01/content_11977129.htm

Over 300 new swine flu patients recorded during weekend, 31 August 2009,

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/Health/2009/08/866284/

Vietnam awaits swine flu vaccine, 31 August 2009,

http://www.thanhniennews.com/healthy/?catid=8&newsid=52190







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