China Mandates H1N1 Vaccinations for All of Its Citizens

China Mandates H1N1 Vaccinations for All Its Citizens

China announced today that it has issued its first warrant for mass inoculation of its population with the H1N1 flu vaccine. The article (link below) stated that it was the first country in the world to do so, but that is not the case. The Greek government previously ordered its citizens to be innoculated for H1N1. This is a link to a post where I mentioned that:

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Chinese Health Minister Chen Zhu said Tuesday that the warrant was issued by the State Food and Drug Administration Monday after the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines had been proved in clinical tests. The first people to receive the vaccinations will be those attending celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Chen said.

Chen also said protection would also be given to vulnerable groups, such as carriers of chronic disease, school students and medical staff. “We will also consider the differences between regions and start the vaccinations in areas where flu situations are serious,” Chen said.

Chen said the vaccination plan had been drafted on the basis of repeated and conscientious work by medical experts, with advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Here is the link to the original article:

China issues world’s first warrant for A/H1N1 flu vaccination

 

Defense Department Says All Troops To Be Vaccinated Against H1N1

U.S. Troops To Be Vaccinated Against H1N1

This is not really a surprise, but a Defense Department health affairs official said today that all U.S. military personnel will be vaccinated against the H1N1 virus beginning in October. Family members of military personnel will also be vaccinated if they so choose.

“The H1N1 vaccination program will begin in early October, said Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Wayne Hachey, director of preventive medicine for Defense Department health affairs.

The vaccine, which has been licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, will be mandatory for uniformed personnel, Hachey said. What we want to do is target those people who are at highest risk for transmission, he said.”

[Editor’s Note: Looks like this is a sign of the times]

Here is the link to the original article:

U.S. Troops to Receive H1N1 Flu Vaccinations