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Healthcare workers should get top priority for vaccination against A/H1N1 flu, WHO says

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 15 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2877
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The World Health Organization said on Monday 13 July that healthcare workers in all countries should be vaccinated against the A/H1N1 flu virus “as a first priority.” They should be followed by high risk groups such as people with chronic conditions and pregnant women.

    The decision comes after WHO’s adoption of recommendations from its strategic advisory group of experts on immunisation, drawn up after the group held an extraordinary meeting on 7 July.

    “Some groups, such as pregnant women and persons with asthma and other chronic conditions such as morbid obesity, appear to be at increased risk for severe disease and death from infection,” the advisory group said.

    Prioritising vaccination of health …

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