No need to get panicked against swine flu in Turkey: Minister

Turkish Health Minister Akdag said that having vaccines against swine flu was a privilege for Turkey.

No need to get panicked against swine flu in Turkey: Minister

Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag said on Friday that having vaccines against swine flu was a privilege for Turkey.

He noted that developed countries in the world would vaccinate millions perhaps billions of people against swine flu, adding that obtaining this vaccine and vaccinating the people was a privilege for Turkey.

Briefing executives of media organs in Istanbul about swine flu, Akdag said that there was no need to get panicked against swine flu. He added that Turkey had already prepared a plan in 2004 against an outbreak.

Noting that swine flu vaccines were like an insurance, Akdag said that healthy adults would not be vaccinated, and also they would ask for a permission of parents to vaccinate their children.

A total of 41 swine flu cases, including 28 children, have been detected in Istanbul so far. There are 11 cases in the eastern province of Batman, while all primary and secondary schools were recessed for one week in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Also, a primary and a high school were closed in capital Ankara due to swine flu cases.

The number of people, who have been diagnosed with H1N1 virus in Turkey so far, was over 550. But no deaths have so far been reported.

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Last Mod: 25 Ekim 2009, 10:30
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