Uttalelse fra EUs helsesikkerhetskomite (HSC) og EU-nettverket for tidligvarsling og risikohåndtering (EWRS) om A(H1N1)-influensa 2009: målgrupper og prioriterte grupper for vaksinering
Uttalelse lagt fram av EUs helsesikkerhetskomite og varslingsnettverk 25.8.2009
BAKGRUNN (fra Kommisjonens pressemelding, engelsk utgave)
Influenza A (H1N1): EU Health Security Committee agrees statement on target and priority groups for vaccination
Today the European Union Health Security Committee and the Early Warning and Response authorities (HSC/EWRS) adopted a policy statement proposed by the European Commission which outlines a shared European approach towards identifying target and priority groups for A H1N1 vaccination.
On the basis of current scientific evidence and taking into account guidance by the European Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation, the HSC/EWRS statement recommends the following groups as constituting the first priority groups for A H1N1 vaccination:
• All persons from 6 months old with underlying chronic conditions (e.g. Chronic respiratory diseases; chronic cardiovascular diseases and persons with congenital or acquired immunodeficiency) starting with those with most severe symptoms
• Pregnant women
• Health care workers
Once these first priority groups have been vaccinated, the vaccination proceeds until the national targets have been met.
The statement stresses that it is the responsibility and mandate of each Member State to develop a vaccination strategy for Influenza A H1N1. Each country identifies national target groups which are defined as all those population groups where A H1N1 vaccination is recommended. In some cases, this may be the entire population and in other cases only specific groups. However, it is unlikely that the vaccine will be immediately available for all target groups at the same time and therefore, it is necessary to define priority groups.