Kuwait’s has sufficient strategic stocks of the Swine Flu vaccine Tamiflu to last until 2016, according to a Ministry of Health (MoH) official. The stock of vaccine, which includes over five million Tamiflu capsules for adults and over 600,000 for children, is being stored at the ministry’s storage facilities, along with a large amount of the same vaccine in syrup form for infants, the official explained.
Those in the country most recently infected with the virus will be given only one dose each of the latest batch of the vaccine which is expected to arrive in Kuwait by the end of this month, the official said, adding that those who had already been infected with the virus would not receive any further doses of the vaccine, as their bodies have already acquired a natural immunity against the disease. On the subject of the vaccine’s possible side-effects, the official said, “The vaccine’s side effects are j
ust like those of any other vaccine, such as having a high temperature for a maximum of two days.
Meanwhile, at a recent seminar about the swine flu virus held by the Al-Humaidhi and Al-Sadairawi Medical Center, in cooperation with the Shamiya and Shuwaikh Cooperative Society, participants discussed the disease’s history, its symptoms, treatment and protective methods. The speakers at the event emphasized that the situation regarding the disease in Kuwait is completely under control and asserted that concerns over the disease have been heavily over-exaggerated and overhyped.
Doctor Yasmin Abdul-Ghafoor from the Medical Center began the seminar by talking about the history of the disease, before stating that its principal danger lies in its ability to evolve rapidly, as well as its contagious speed.
She went on to talk about the symptoms of the virus, which she said are much the same as those of the seasonal flu, though with a higher fever and more muscle pain. She indicated that an infected person can spread the virus within eight days of the first day of their infection. She also talked about ways in which infection can be passed on, while asserting the importance of taking precautionary measures.
In her address, Dr. Abdul-Ghafoor also revealed that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently indicated that cases of swine flu infection could be diagnosed directly by symptoms, without the need to conduct lab tests. She also explained that healthy individuals can be treated for the H1N1 virus by taking one week’s rest without having to take any Tamiflu antiviral drugs, although patients with chronic diseases would need to be provided with the antiviral if infected.
In his speech, Dr. Adnan Al-Rashid from the same center said that Tamiflu should not be taken as a precautionary measure for protection from infection, as this would enable the virus to develop sufficiently to be able to overcome the medication, thus making the immune system more vulnerable to the disease. Dr. Samiya Al-Muslim, the head of the center, was unable to attend the seminar for unknown reasons.
Source – Kuwait Times