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Swine flu: a lot of vaccine and few people willing to vaccinate: the number of people vaccinated against swine flu is still far below the number of people vaccinated against normal flu. The vaccines must remain available as long as the World Health Organization (WHO) does not lift the highest pandemic level for A / H1N1.
The number of people vaccinated against swine flu is still far below the number of people vaccinated against normal flu. However, the vaccines must remain available as long as the World Health Organization does not lift the highest pandemic level for A / H1N1.
The highest pandemic level 6 still remains on the part of the WHO, despite harsh criticism of the general announcement of a pandemic and the mild course of swine flu. In addition, there are still questions about the effects of the ingredients in the vaccine doses. It is discussed whether active enhancers can be problematic for the health of vaccinated persons.
According to media reports, the first claims for compensation due to generally undesirable reactions after vaccinations against swine flu are already in place in North Rhine-Westphalia. Such reactions are said to have occurred in about 1380 people nationwide.
According to current data from the Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Women, Family and Health, which currently chairs the state health ministers, between four and ten percent have been vaccinated in the federal states. With an estimated population of around 82 million people in Germany, this is approximately 8 million doses of Pandemrix from the pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). This means that the 9.5 million vaccine doses ordered in November 2009 were not completely used up. GSK is now delivering another 34 million Pandemrix cans - at an estimated price of around 280 million euros.
According to media reports, sales negotiations with Pakistan regarding the purchase of unnecessary vaccines are already underway. But the federal states want to keep vaccination doses in Germany in a quantity that would be enough for 30 percent of the population, i.e. about 25 million doses.
Observers are still discussing the question of whether it has been taken into account that a single vaccination seems to be sufficient for most people. Officials had initially assumed that the population would be vaccinated twice. Final figures on vaccination rates in Germany are scheduled for April 2010 this year. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, 03/11/2010)