Iran to Vaccinate High-Risk People against H1N1 for Free
Iranian officials have been prepared to mount a free campaign to inoculate at-risk individuals against A/H1N1 flu in the coming days, FNA reported.
Latest figures have revealed a considerable decline in the number of cases that had tested positive for the flu in Iran. No new deaths have been reported in the past two weeks.
Officials, however, predict upcoming waves of the disease in the world as well as Iran, bringing up the need for inoculating high-risk individuals against the disease, press tv reported.
"At-risk individuals such as pregnant women, immunocompromised patients, HIV positive individuals and those suffering from underlying diseases - such as heart, renal and respiratory disorders or active cancer, liver cirrhosis, uncontrolled diabetes, thalassemia, sickle cell anemia and morbid obesity - along with children aged younger than 19 and individuals who are incapable of excreting their sputum will receive the H1N1 vaccine," said Minou Mohraz, the head of the Iranian association for infectious disease and a member of the National Influenza Committee.
She stressed that healthcare providers who are in close contact with affected patients are in the priority for receiving the vaccine.
Mohraz continued to say that the vaccine will be distributed by the Universities of Medical Sciences in different parts of the country free of charge in order to overcome any possible black-marketing of the drug.
She stressed that the quality of the vaccine has been approved by the Iranian Ministry of Health, suggesting that no certain complication would be reported.
The head of the Iranian association for infectious disease said healthy individuals do not need to be jabbed against A/H1N1, adding that following simple precautionary measure can ward off the flu in these individuals.