Health Ministry: Less than half of elderly vaccinated against seasonal flu

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October 28, 2009 09:21


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About 800,000 Israelis have been vaccinated since Rosh Hashana against the seasonal flu, according to the Health Ministry. These constitute about 11 percent of the population. However, 45% of people over the age of 65 - who have a high risk of complications - have been vaccinated. The ministry recommends that not only the elderly and people of all ages with chronic illness go to their health funds for the free shot, but also babies over six months and children, who very often spread the infection. The ministry is due to hold next week a press conference about its plans to vaccinate high-risk groups against the H1N1 flu virus strain.

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