Poultry workers in England to get flu jabs
A seasonal flu jab will be
offered to poultry workers in England. Efforts are aimed at minimising any
threat for the two types of viruses to come into close
According to experts, protecting
poultry workers against human flu will lower the risk of catching human flu and
bird flu at the same time, thereby
decreasing the risk that bird flu becomes a major human threat.
Bird flu cannot easily pass from
human to human; however, once the virus gains the ability to do so - most likely
if bird flu mixes and combines with human flu - it could put millions at risk
"This is a prudent and
precautionary step to take," says Dr David Salisbury, Department of Health's
director of immunisation. He stresses that H5N1 is a disease of birds, which
posed a small risk only to people who had prolonged contact with infected
Dr Margaret Chan, the new chief of the World Health
Organization, warned last week that bird flu remains a global threat.
World Health Organization
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