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Influenza vaccination for all students

The new influenza A(H1N1), more commonly known as swine flu, is a new influenza virus that is spreading across the world. To limit the spread it is important that as many as possible receive vaccination against the virus.

Sweden has chosen to offer vaccination to all inhabitants to ensure the impact of the influenza is as minor as possible. A vaccine is being manufactured and general vaccination is due to commence at the end of September.

When vaccination begins all people living in the county of Östergötland will be offered vaccination, including students who are registered elsewhere in Sweden and international students.

General health care in Sweden is provided by regional county councils and for Norrköping, Linköping and the surrounding area this is Landstinget i Östergötland.

The County council is managing the vaccinations and will be issuing further information about when, where and how. Continuous information about the influenza, what you can do to prevent the spread of it and what actions the national health care providers are taking can be found in Swedish on the County council’s homepage at http://www.lio.se/templates/PageWithColumn.aspx?id=52997

For most people this new influenza will be no worse than other influenzas, with common cold symptoms lasting a few days. However for a small part of the population it could be fatal. The other main difference to most seasonal influenza epidemics is that more people are expected to fall ill, which will have consequences for the productivity of society. Therefore, in order to prevent disruption to daily life and to protect those who risk falling seriously ill the health authorities have decided to offer everyone the vaccine against A(H1N1).

If you would like further and more detailed information about the new influenza please visit www.krisinformation.se

Therese Winder 2009-08-20

Page manager: therese.winder@liu.se
Last updated: 2010-08-24