High-risk groups of doctors and paramedics, who are at the forefront of dealing with swine flu patients will be receiving imported H1N1 vaccine. The decision was taken after the National Institute of Virology (NIV) revealed that the H1N1 viral transmission is still ongoing and has not stopped.
It is reported that the administration in Pune district is collecting information from 24 hospitals in order to know about the requirement for the vaccine. Dr V M Katoch, director general, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has confirmed that 12-15 lakh doses of the vaccine would be procured from Sanofi Pasteur Pharmaceuticals.
Dr D S Dakhure, director, health, Maharashtra has also revealed that a questionnaire has also been distributed among healthcare workers asking them about their need for the vaccine. "We have 45,000 people, including doctors, paramedical staff, nurses and other Class IV employees, engaged in the care of patients suffering from swine flu," said Dakhure.