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Who will be a priority for vaccination with the H1N1 swine flu vaccine?
People who are most at risk from swine flu need to be vaccinated first. These groups are, in order of priority:
People aged between six months and 65 years in the seasonal flu vaccine at-risk groups.
All pregnant women, subject to licensing. The European Medicines Agency, who license the vaccine, will indicate whether it can be given to all pregnant women or whether it should only be offered at certain stages of pregnancy.
People who live with those whose immune systems are compromised, such as cancer patients or people with HIV/AIDS.
People aged 65 and over in the seasonal flu vaccine at-risk groups.
Frontline health and social care workers will also be offered the vaccine at the same time as the first clinical at-risk groups. Health and social care workers are both at an increased risk of catching swine flu and of spreading it to other at-risk patients.
The Scottish government has also confirmed today that a pregnant teenage woman has died after contracting swine flu. The 17-year-old woman was from the Borders in Scotland.
Scotland's Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "The death of this young mother-to-be and her baby is deeply saddening and my thoughts are with her family and friends.
"Medical experts have been telling us that pregnant women are more vulnerable to developing complications after contracting the virus. For this reason, they will be among the priority groups for vaccination when the H1N1 vaccine becomes available later this month.
"I would urge all pregnant women to get vaccinated to ensure the maximum protection for themselves and their babies."
Originally posted by Kram09
So my health centre ring me up and say i am due for the vaccine.
Can i just say no?
Is that it?
What will they do?
Originally posted by john124
Thankfully I'm not registered at my local GP, and I can't travel to my home GP. So they can't get me in for the jab unless they send the secret police and tie me down for it.
I don't want mercury additives in my bloodstream, no thanks!
[edit on 15-10-2009 by john124]