• Sweden edition
 

Sweden prepares for swine flu pandemic

Published: 30 Apr 2009 10:32 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Apr 2009 10:32 GMT+02:00

The announcement by the WHO means that the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) will go through its pandemic planning and ensure that everything works efficiently.

"It also means that we have overarching coordination and information work to conduct with other organs of society, partly healthcare services and the Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet, SMI), and partly to ensure that other operations which have to continue functioning in the event of a pandemic, do so," said Anders Tegnell at the board to news agency TT.

Tegnell confirmed that existing vaccine contracts stipulate that manufacture will commence without delay if the WHO declares a pandemic.

But manufacturers and countries ordering the vaccines can negotiate to bring forward manufacture.

"This type of discussion is already under way, but will no doubt intensify if this becomes a reality," Tegnell said.

Strategies for how the medicines can be distributed across the country are also under review.

"The firms that are contracted to keep the stocks, divide them up and transport them need also to be informed that this could become serious within a relatively short space of time," said Anders Tegnell.

SMI is continuing its work as normal.

"We are already working according to our plans for phase five with monitoring and diagnosis. We can not really do any more than we are currently doing. As it has been going on for such a long time in Mexico and has spread as far as it has we realized that this was something that would be tough to arrest," said Annika Linde at SMI.

No cases of the influenza have yet been confirmed in Sweden. SMI receives new samples continually, up to 20 in the last day.

It is unknown how many Swedes have been in Mexico or the United States during the time that the contagious infection has been spreading undiscovered, but according to Johan Carlson at the welfare board, it could number several thousand.

No one yet knows how dangerous the new H1N1 virus is in terms of contagion or mortality, but the fact that deaths have been confirmed among the younger generations is cause for concern.

"We are concerned that it will affect the younger population," said Annika Linde.

Maria Larsson, Sweden's public health minister, has confirmed that the government is now meeting daily at state secretary level to discuss the issue.

"We have now mobilized an organisation and take this very seriously," Maria Larsson said at a press conference at the government offices.

Larsson assured that Sweden would be prepared for when the first case is confirmed.

"We have prepared the organization for just that. We have a good monitoring system, there is access to medicines and we have guarantees to secure medicines, when there is medicine available."

"Our operative authorities and the healthcare system know exactly how to manage confirmed cases."

Maria Larsson confirmed that Sweden has contracts with one of the largest manufacturers of flu vaccines and she is satisfied that this is the best way to ensure supplies for the Swedish people.

The guarantees cover a total of 18 million doses.

The EU's health ministers will gather for an extraordinary meeting in Luxembourg on Thursday.

"It is important, in the first instance, to follow the recommendations of the WHO. The WHO has the international perspective and is the most important guide and advisor in this," Maria Larsson concluded.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

12:22 April 30, 2009 by peropaco
I guess they will give people extra doses of Alvidon, the Swedish magic pill. I also wonder if it ever get to the point where they will have to vaccinate those affected they will probably segment it like this. If you name is Miguel, Carmen, Mahmoud, Ali, Reza, Mordechai, Shlomo, Czeslawa, Mamadou please stand on this line and take two alvidon with a shot of vodka. If you name is Magnus, Björn, Agneta, Karl-Filip, Henrik, Malin, please stand on this line and roll up your shirt.
14:49 April 30, 2009 by storstark
tråkigt.

Swine flu flew in 1976. The Ford Admin, Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, moved to vaccinate the US population - 40 million before some developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, nerve damage and paralysis. More died from this than from the virus and the program called off.

Now another swine flu pandemic porky and Tamiflu is touted again as the tool to have in your 'end of days kit' as it was in the Bush Adminstration, when Rumsy was again DefSec.. Between his two terms as DefSec old loveable Rumsy sat on the board of directors of Gilead Sciences (www.gilead.com). This company invented Tamiflu, licenced to and marketed by Roche.

Whether coincidence or causal, it is quite sick. Our governments fall for it and we pay to stockpile old Rumsy's medicine. Invest in Gilead, Roche and GSK and believe nothing. It's all been said before.

(i must say, for an honest, transparent and trustworthy figure, Obama sure is letting through a lot of Bush style goings-ons)
Today's headlines
Opinion
'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'
The submarine hunt is now in it's sixth day. Photo: TT

'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'

Military expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that the biggest question in the Stockholm submarine hunt hasn't been answered yet - why don't we know more about the "other operations" from the last few years? READ  

The Local List
Eight things to love about renting in Sweden
Apartments in Sweden are compact. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight things to love about renting in Sweden

A housing crisis means that short-term sublets are the norm in major cities and rent regulation rules are frequently flouted. But this week, The Local's decided to look on the bright side of renting an apartment in Sweden. READ  

Business & Money
Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain
Nordea's Chief Executive Christian Clausen. Photo: TT

Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain

Swedish bank Nordea announced on Wednesday a sharp rise in third quarter profits despite the economic slowdown and major outlays for an IT overhaul. READ  

National
Knutby priest faces early release from prison
Knutby in eastern Sweden, the scene of the murder. Photo: TT

Knutby priest faces early release from prison

A former priest in eastern Sweden who was sentenced to life in prison for organizing the murder of his wife has had his sentence reduced. READ  

Opinion
'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

The Local speaks to one of Europe's leading security experts about why social media meant the Swedish military couldn't keep their 'submarine' search a secret and how she believes the country will ramp up its security against Russia. READ  

Interview
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
Comedian Al Pitcher has launched his new tour. Photo: www.alpitcher.com

'Swedes are funnier than they think'

New Zealand-born Al Pitcher launched his new comedy show in Stockholm this week. There wasn't a dull moment as The Local phoned up the man who has become one of Sweden's hottest comedians, while he took an eventful stroll in the capital. READ  

National
Stockholm suicide bomb investigation closes
The suicide bombing took place in 2010. Photo: TT

Stockholm suicide bomb investigation closes

Sweden's Security Service (Säpo) has announced that it will stop its core investigation into a suicide bombing in Stockholm four years ago. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Military heads into 'new phase' in sub search
The search for the missing 'submarine' is now in its sixth day. Photo: TT

Military heads into 'new phase' in sub search

A press conference on the search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters revealed that the Armed Forces would be heading into a "new phase" on Wednesday, although it remained unclear what that might involve. READ  

Lifestyle
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
The bronze replica cannon. Photo: Beth Dacey.

Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden

A replica of one of the cannons present on Stockholm's iconic Vasa warship when it sank in 1628 is being tested for the first time in central Sweden. READ  

Health
Swedish farmers contracted swine flu
Swine flu can spread between pigs and humans. Photo: TT

Swedish farmers contracted swine flu

A human strain of the swine flu virus normally only found in pigs was discovered in Sweden earlier this year, the country's Public Health Agency has revealed. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
Blog updates

21 October

Denna & den här (The Swedish Teacher) »

"?Denna? or ?den hr?? Swedish language students often ask question about different pronouns. One pronoun that especially..." READ »

 

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Tech
First womb transplant baby in world born in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 5th
National
What's on in Sweden
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

1,007
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN