WHO experts: Single dose swine flu vaccine enough

WHO experts Single dose

October 30, 2009 16:42


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A single dose of swine flu vaccine is enough to immunize adults and children over 10 against the pandemic strain, the World Health Organization said Friday. The global body's expert group - known as SAGE - said that while more data on children between 6 months and 10 years are needed, countries that have made vaccinating children a priority can also administer them a single dose in order to ensure that as many as possible are immunized quickly. "The SAGE recommendation (for children under 10) could change as more data come in," said WHO vaccine chief Marie-Paule Kieny. For the time being, she said, "the priority should be to give them at least one dose of vaccine now, and to cover as many of them as possible."

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