30 Oct 2009
According to Ansa press agency Professor Fazio also explained that the case-fatality rate for A/H1N1 influenza has been 0,03‰, less than seasonal influenza rate (2‰).
In Italy there're many differences in vaccine distribution at local level. Regional governments organize the health care services, so they are free to choose their organization. Adnkronos press agency has collected information about the vaccine campaign, about who will give the vaccine shot to people. Mb stands for “medico di base”, the family doctor. Asl is the local health center. Some Regions have decided that the vaccine will be available in Asl, some have asked doctors, some both, and some haven't still decided.
Today the Italian Ministry of Labour and Health has launched a web site, www.fermailvirus.it. The service is aimed at the general public, mainly at parents. There's a special section for pregnant women and other paregraphs for small children. Instead, there's no mention of another group at risk, people with chronic lung disease (I wonder why). And no information for doctors and nurses (they have other sources). The campaing is quite new for Italy: on the web site there's a lot of stuff about recognizing symptoms, things to do, suggestions etc. It's good, but I prefer the CDC web site, because there are more information and it doesn't speak to me as I were a child.
Piemonte 6,61 ‰
Val d'Aosta -
Pr. Aut. Bolzano 1,67
pPr. Aut. Trento 0,92
Friuli vV.G: 0,93
29 Oct 2009
It seems to me that there's a lot of pressure to stop people panicking, and not such an effort to protect people with illness. Maybe I just find irritating, when someone infected by the virus dies, the comment: “the patient was already ill.”
28 Oct 2009
Personally, I don't understand who is late, the vaccine manufacturer, the national health structure or the local one.