Bhopal: Shortage of swine flu vaccine creates panic among public

  • M.Poornima, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 21, 2015 17:25 IST

Shortages of swine flu vaccine across the state are creating anxiety and concern. Now the health professionals too want to get themselves vaccinated against H1N1 virus.

According to doctors, the treatment process will be affected if the health officials dealing with swine flu patients are not vaccinated properly.

According to information, as many as three doctors have been diagnosed with swine flu in Bhopal this year. “We want our staff members to get swine flu vaccine. But unfortunately the vaccine is out of stock in the market.

The vaccine manufacturing companies have asked us to place an order with them but they are not sure whether they will be able to provide it this year,” said eminent pulmonologist Dr PN Agarwal.

He said due to poor supply of H1N1 vaccines, they had purchased good quality masks for hospital staff to protect them from infection. Agarwal said the present swine flu vaccine would expire by April and new stock would come within August and September.

Not only doctors, the residents are also visiting medical store to get swine flu vaccine. Vjendra Jain, a vaccine supplier in Bhopal, said after the outbreak of swine flu, he was receiving daily orders of vaccine. Jain said the vaccine was rarely available at medical stores in the city and the stock in his own shop was expected to end till Saturday.

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