The southern Indian state of Kerala will administer 34,000 doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine to immunize the medical workers as part of its second phase of inoculation against the virus.
Kerals state has already given over 45, 600 doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccines in the Phase I for government hospitals’ doctors, paramedical staff and other health workers.
“We are in the second phase of immunising our doctors and health workers against H1N1 infection and have already given 41,608 doses of the vaccine in Phase I,” Dr. Amar Fettle, Chief Nodal Officer, H1N1 infection control in Kerala stated.
The Centre gave 45,600 doses in the Phase I for government hospitals’ doctors, paramedical staff and other health workers in the state.
“We did not directly tell the doctors to take the vaccination. Instead, we trained and sensitised them about the vaccine and their role in taking the vaccine as they are exposed to the patients suffering from the infection more,” Dr. Fettle said.
In the first one week, the immunisation was slow, but then it picked up and at the end of phase I, 41,608 doses were taken by the doctors and health workers in the state, he said.
“In the second phase, we have received 34,000 doses and it will be used to immunise the doctors and paramedics in primary health centres and district hospitals across Kerala,” Dr. Fettle said adding “we are also providing free vaccines to those private hospitals whose doctors wanted to get immunised,” he said.
H1N1 swine flu cases have been taking a peak in Kerala along with dengue, rat fever and other viral-origin fever are spreading widely across coastal state.
Over 50 people have been killed and hundreds of people hospitalized by these deadly viral fevers in various parts of the state for the last few weeks following the onset of monsoon, reports said.
Cough samples of hundreds suspected H1N1 swine flu patients have been sent for testing.
Several cases of H1N1 swine flu have also been detected across the state. Tens of thousands of patients complaining of fever and other symptoms sought treatment from various health clinics so far.
All the District Medical Officers in the state have been directed to take urgent remedial action by the state directorate of Health Service.
A Rapid Response Team has been constituted in all districts to take preventive and other remedial actions to check the spread of fever.
H1N1 swine flu:The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, including 2009 H1N1 and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
Severe illnesses and deaths have occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.