Only One Flu Shot for Most
After carrying out their own lengthy investigation into the question of whether to give people one or two vaccination shots against Swine Flu, Sweden's regulatory health bodies announced on Friday that one shot would be enough for a sizeable portion of the population.
The National Board of Health and Welfare and the Medical Products Agency declared that one dose would be enough for healthy adults above the age of 13, including pregnant women. However for those under 13 and for those suffering from ill health such as respiratory illness, two doses are recommended to provide full protection.
Tests are also being carried out to see whether babies as young as 6 months can have the vaccine. Currently children younger than three cannot have the vaccine.
As of Thursday nearly two million Swedes, almost a quarter of the entire population, had been vaccinated against the H1N1 virus. Most of those have been members of risk groups, children, and healthcare personnel. Vaccination of the general population has not yet properly started, although according to some press reports this is already underway in a number of areas.