Royals must wait in line for flu vaccine

Christine Demsteader
Christine Demsteader - [email protected] • 31 Oct, 2009 Updated Sat 31 Oct 2009 12:20 CEST

Daniel Westling, fiancé of Crown Princess Victoria, has received the swine flu vaccine after being placed in a high-risk group following a kidney transplant earlier this year. The rest of the Swedish Royal Family, however, has to wait patiently for the jab.


King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia have previously revealed their intention to be vaccinated against the A(H1H1) virus, according to an article in the Expressen newspaper.

Yet, despite their privileged position, the couple are not jumping the queue and must wait their turn.

”The National Board of Health and Welfare has recommended the vaccine,” Nina Eldh, head of information at the Royal Court, told Expressen.

”They will have it when it is available,” she added.

The Royal Court also confirmed that Daniel Westling had his first swine flu vaccine around a week ago.

Following a kidney transplant earlier this year he was placed in a high-risk group of patients. It is likely that the rest of the Royal Family will have the vaccine within the next week.

To date, around one million Swedes have been vaccinated against swine flu in a national programme that began in mid October.


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