Global’s Update – 7/8/10

The next update will be on Tuesday, July 13th, at 0830 hrs PST.

The WHO Pandemic Alert level remains at Phase 6

Influenza A (H1N1) cases and deaths reported by the World Health Organization as of June 27, 2010

National News

The seasonal flu vaccine will be free to all Nova Scotians this year, the province announced Thursday. It’s possible that H1N1 will be one of the main influenza strains next winter, so it’s important that everyone have easy access to the vaccine, Health Minister Maureen MacDonald said in a news release. In previous years, the province only covered the cost for people in certain risk groups, such as seniors, children six to 23 months old and pregnant women.  Nova Scotia’s vaccination program usually begins in October with Influenza season typically running from November to April.  The Chronicle Herald

International News

Thousands of doses of H1N1 flu vaccine, once a prized possession attracting long lines to public clinics in South Dakota, are now returning to suppliers as outdated trash. State officials are sending 17,470 doses from storage in Pierre to the manufacturer McKesson in Tennessee. Another 100,000 or more are in the hands of the health system, after a massive inoculation that earned high marks for South Dakota but still ended with great amounts of leftovers. Argus Leader

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has cautioned the public to report to vaccination centers or nearest health centers if they notice any side effects after receiving the H1N1 vaccine. Director in charge of vaccination, Dr. Nana Antwi Adjei, said GHS was aware of the side effects of the vaccine and had given out compliant form to be filled by patients who experience those effects. This according to him, that would enable his outfit determine if the vaccines should be continued in use or discontinued. Dr. Nana Antwi Adjei disclosed this to The New Crusading Guide in an interview in Accra. He said GHS was closely monitoring the reactions the H1N1 vaccines provided to patients, adding that it would not hesitate to withdraw them if the side effects exceeded more than required. Pacific FM Online

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