Who should I call to learn more about the swine flu vaccine?

With the swine flu vaccine now available to the general public in Sweden, a growing number of questions have come up regarding who should receive the vaccine and where to get vaccinated.

Sweden is advising everybody living in the country to get a vaccination and several local clinics have reported long queues of people waiting to get their shots. Other clinics have posted signs notifying patients that they’ve already gone through their initial allotment of the A/H1N1 vaccine.

Despite ongoing public awareness efforts by public health authorities, finding precise information isn’t always easy, especially across Sweden’s vast network of more than 20 county-run health systems.

For people who have questions, the best place to start looking for answers is by calling Sweden’s swine flu information hotline, 020-20 20 00.

Also, those looking for more information may also want to try the 1177 phone service provided by the Sjukvårdsrådgivningen medical advice service.

While phone wait times may vary, operators from both services should be able to direct people to the appropriate local health authorities, who in turn can provide more accurate and up-to-date information about the status of the swine flu vaccine in your area.

Alternatively, you can check the phone book – eniro.se or hitta.se – and get in touch directly with your nearest clinic (vårdcentral) to find out if they currently hold stocks of the vaccine.

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