Thursday, September 17, 2009

Costa Rica requests 1.8 mln A/H1N1 flu vaccines

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst San Jose (Xinhua) - Costa Rica requested 1.8 million vaccines against the A/H1N1 flu virus to prevent infections among its people, official sources said on Wednesday.

According to the health authorities, these vaccines will be offered to some most vulnerable group of people, like patients who have risk factors like obesity, diabetes and smokers, as well as the health staff.

Those who have high levels of asthma among children and the people above the age of 60 years will be part of the priority sectors to receive the vaccine.

Costa Rica will buy these vaccines trough the Pan American Health Organization, which facilitate the procedures to get the vaccines for the third world countries.

Currently, Costa Rica has reported a total of 1,246 cases of A/H1N1 flu, including 33 death cases.

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