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Italy plans mass vaccination for swine flu

Italy plans mass vaccination for swine flu

Italy is planning a mass vaccination campaign to immunize 8.6 million people from swine flu by the end of the year.
The Health Ministry said Tuesday the vaccine will be given to about 15 percent of the population, including those under age 65 who are especially at risk or have chronic diseases and "essential" personnel, such as police officers, firefighters and health workers.
Deputy Health Minister Ferruccio Fazio says another wave of vaccinations is planned for February, targeting children aged 2-20.
He said the vaccinations would reduce the spread of the virus, possibly limiting the number of cases in Italy to 3-4 million by March, instead of some 13 million if nothing is done.
So far Italy has reported 224 cases of swine flu and no deaths.


Updated : 2022-01-23 07:45 GMT+08:00

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