4 Nov 2003

Flu vaccination campaign in French Polynesia underway

11:59 am on 4 November 2003

A vaccination campaign against the flu will begin in French Polynesia today as the territory goes through a fresh peak in the number of people suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Vaccines have been distributed to all public health care centres and will be availbale free to the elderly and those affetced by respiratory illnesses.

A doctor working for public health says there is no epidemic but efforts continue to prevent a possible outbreak, with a second wave of vaccinations due in two weeks.

Once administered, the vaccine will become effective in ten to 15 days.