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Swine Flu Vaccines Too Late For First wave

Published tisdag 1 september 2009 kl 13.30
Health Minister Maria Larsson at Tuesday's press conference

Sweden's Institute for Infectious Disease Control held a press conference on Tuesday following the confirmation late Monday of the country's first Swine flu fatality.

The Institute confirmed that Sweden's mass vaccination programme will come too late to combat the first wave of Swine flu which is already here.

As many Swedes as possible will be vaccinated as quickly as possible when the vaccines arrive in the country. However, once again it was repeated that high risk groups will come first.  

Health Minister Maria Larsson also repeated the message for people to be patient.

" It's good that people are showing a big interest in getting vaccinated, and everone who wants it will be vaccinated. But it's going to take a little time and everyone must wait their turn."

Uppsala University Hospital confirmed on Monday evening that a 37-year old man who died last week was infected with the swine flu virus.

The man had been ill for just under a week and died before he could get medical help.

Doctors who treated the dead man say they need more detailed examination of the case before they can confirm with certainty if the flu virus was the sole reason for the man's death or if other complications also contributed to his death.

More than 700 people have so far been diagnosed with the virus in Sweden. About one-fifth of them were infected in Sweden and the rest during trips abroad.

The Mass Vaccinations which begin next month, are free of charge to the public.

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