Swine flu vaccine approved in US, arrival date in Israel uncertain

Swine flu vaccine approv

September 16, 2009 21:02


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The US Food and Drug Administration approved on Wednesday four new H1N1 (swine) flu vaccines. The Health Ministry in Jerusalem could not yet say when the first vaccines, including three injectable types of the medicine and one nasal-spray variety, would arrive in Israel. However, the ministry plans to offer the first 430,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine to high-risk populations in Israel, starting with medical staffers, pregnant women, people with chronic illness and weak immune systems, followed by children. A Health Ministry poll a few weeks ago found that 25 percent of the public would agree to be vaccinated against swine flu under any condition. The ministry expects that some people who intend to be vaccinated may wait a few weeks to see how those getting the first shots react.

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