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Swiss swine flu fears ease

The pandemic has not hit as hard as expected in The Alps but people at risk in Switzerland will get vaccinated later this month.

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Pregnant women, children under 5 and people with asthma and heart disease are considered most at risk from the H1N1 virus.

After they have been given the vaccine anyone else wishing to do so in Switzerland will be able to do so.

Switzerland has ordered 13 million doses from pharmaceutical companies Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline.

So far just over 1,000 people have had the virus with no fatalties, though the authorities predict around 100 people may die this coming winter.

However not as many people have caught it this month as feared and in the Southern Hemisphere it has not hit as hard as expected.

We have reported on PlanetSKI about how the ski industry was preparing for the pandemic and on a large outbreak in Verbier over the summer.

 

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