The state epidemiologist estimates that some 50,000 Icelanders – about one-sixth of the population – are in danger of having the most serious reactions to H1N1, also known as swine flu.
Dr. Harald Briem, examining the situation, believes that this portion of the population, due to other illnesses, could face serious complications should they contract the illness. He pointed out that while for most people, the disease is but a strong flu, that “one hundred people were hospitalized in the end of September and that number rises every week. Ten percent of these people end up in critical care.”
The group in greatest danger include children, the elderly, and those already with lung problems. For this reason, Briem would like to see every resident of Iceland vaccinated.
As it stands, it is possible to call hospitals and clinics and try to order a vaccination, although it should be kept in mind that there is a great demand, and waiting periods can be extensive.
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