Egypt Independent

School students swine flu vaccination starts Saturday



The ministries of health and education will start vaccinating school students next Saturday, in six different governorates against H1N1, commonly known as swine flu.

Confirmed infections as of last Saturday were 10,056, as opposed to 7330 cases last week, of which 112 fatalities were reported. This means that 97 percent have recovered from the virus, according to the health ministry. The highest infection rate since the detection of the virus last June was reported during last week alone, with 1171 cases among school students.

The ministries will start with the provinces that had the highest infection rates. "We will start with elementary schools first, then the preparatory and high schools," said Education Minister Youssry el-Gamal. "The vaccination campaign will start third of January in five governorates and 17 January in Cairo," he added, asserting that the vaccine is totally safe.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.