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H1N1 takes away 260 lives across Maharashtra; the State Health Department yet to procure vaccine

Pune region has the highest number of deaths-62- this year.

N1H1 takes away 260 lives across Maharashtra. According to media reports by The Indian Express, the worrisome part is that the health authorities are yet to procure a vaccine against the new strain.The Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine manufacturer has come out with one lakh doses of an intra-nasal vaccine against the A Michigan strain of the H1N1 virus. According to media reports, a total of 24 deaths were registered by Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and 20 deaths by Pune Rural health officials. According to the Acting Joint Director of Health, Maharashtra, M S Diggikar until June 26 this year, there have been 260 deaths and 1663 cases of N1H1 across the state.In Pune city, as many as 310 persons have tested positive for H1N1 virus and Tamiflu, an anti-viral medicine, was given to 7167 persons from January till date. 260 people have died across Maharashtra due to the H1N1 virus, but state health authorities are yet to procure a vaccine against the new strain. According to media reports this, despite a strong recommendation by the state committee, in March this year, to prevent communicable diseases. Pune region has the highest number of deaths-62- this year. Dr Subhash Salunkhe, chairman of the state expert committee to prevent communicable diseases, said vaccination against the virus was one of its major recommendations.

"In 2015, there was a resurgence of the pandemic virus, and it was pointed out that public awareness and education measures should be continued in optimum mode," said Salunkhe, adding,"We had strongly recommended the use of the vaccine in March". However, Dr Satish Pawar, director of Health, Maharashtra, told The Indian Express that the previous vaccine had at least 80 per cent efficacy, and it was still being administered. " It is the high-risk group of people who are currently being immunised. At least 30,000 persons in the high-risk people, including pregnant women, diabetic persons and others, are being given the injectible vaccine", said Pawar. (Read: Swine flu Foods to eat and avoid) (Swine flu treatment and medicines Tamiflu, Relenza and more)

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