Flu vaccines from the United States provided for Thai medical personnel

Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul (right).
Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul (right).

BANGKOK – The Ministry of Public Health has provided vaccines against four major strains of flu to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital of the Thai Red Cross Society, to safeguard medical personnel from illness.

Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, presided over the presentation of the flu vaccines for medical staff of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, supplying 5,000 doses to the facility. This is the first year vaccines for all four major flu strains, comprising A H1N1, A H3N2, B Victoria and B Yamagata, have been provided by the ministry to the hospital.

The vaccines were imported from the United States with the purpose of immunizing medical workers so that they may continue to function effectively.

Concerning the public, the Director-General of the Disease Control Department, Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, said the Ministry of Public Health is working with the National Health Security Office to administer 4.11 million flu shots to seven vulnerable groups.(NNT)