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Thailand kicks off free H1N1 flu vaccine push

But many in high-risk groups still confused

Thailand has begun free vaccinations against type-A (H1N1) flu but many people classified as being at risk remain confused about the programme.

Health volunteer Aree Wattanawaranon, 62, who was among the first 50 patients listed for vaccination at Phra Nangklao Hospital in Nonthaburi yesterday, said she had learned from her village head only on Sunday that she fell into one of the risk groups and needed to have the flu vaccine.

“I heard that the ministry had only a small amount of the H1N1 vaccine,” Ms Aree said.

“I was just told to be here.”

Duangrat Panumas, who is four months’ pregnant, said she had not known expectant mothers were required to be vaccinated. She was afraid of side effects but nurses at the hospital recommended that she receive a flu shot for her baby’s good.

Permanent secretary for public health Paijit Warachit urged people classified as falling into risk groups to visit their nearest hospital in the programme to receive a flu shot.

Bangkok Post

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