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Flu Vaccine/Medicine Runs Out

Published fredag 11 november 2005 kl 14.37

Swedish Radio News reports that supplies of this year’s influenza vaccine have run out in Sweden and the rest of Europe.

Apparently fears of bird flu, which the vaccine does not protect against, have prompted vaccinations by many outside of the standard risk groups. There’s concern many people who need to be vaccinated will go without.

The problem is exacerbated by record sales of the medicine Tamiflu, which can be used to treat sufferers from bird flu.

More than 50,000 daily doses of Tamiflu were sold here in October, as many as during the previous two years. There are fears that supplies may be short if the Avian influenza mutates so that it can be spread from person to person.

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