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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-24

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  • [01] Health minister on novel influenza vaccination programme
  • [02] Stocks end flat on Thur.

  • [01] Health minister on novel influenza vaccination programme

    Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos on Thursday announced the government's programme for administering the vaccines against the novel A-H1N1 influenza virus, after a meeting of the national committee for tackling the disease.

    Priority for the vaccination will be given to those with long-term health problems, both children over six months and adults, pregnant women in the 2nd and 3rd trimester of their pregnancy, and people working in healthcare and with children under six months.

    According to the ministry, these priority groups are comprised of roughly two million individuals.

    The vaccine will next be administered to healthy individuals aged 15-40 years of age and then to healthy children under 15 years old.

    All those receiving the vaccine will be required to sign a consent form, which the chairwoman for the national committee for the novel influenza pandemic described as standard practice when a new drug goes onto the market.

    Thursday's meeting also clarified the conditions under which schools and classes will be closed to protect against swine flu:

    A class will be closed when one to five children develop at least one symptom of novel influenza and have a fever of 38C or more.

    Schools will be closed when two to three of its classes have been closed on account of novel influenza fears and in cases where more than one school share a compound, the entire compound will close when problems arise in the majority of the schools using it.

    Reporting on the advance of the novel influenza epidemic in Greece, authorities said that three people were currently admitted to intensive care units in a serious condition, six people were in the stage of recovery and a total of 56 had developed pneumonia as a complication, of which 46 had already recovered.

    [02] Stocks end flat on Thur.

    Stocks ended flat at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, with the composite index of the market reversing an initial rally to end 0.09 pct lower at 2,609.25 points. Turnover was 260.4 million euros, of which 20.1 million euros were block trades.

    Most sectors moved upwards, with the Oil (1.21 pct), Utilities (1.10 pct) and Travel (1.04 pct) scored gains while Health (2.68 pct), Media (2.33 pct) and Insurance (1.83 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

    The FTSE 20 index eased 0.18 pct, the FTSE 40 index fell 0.75 pct and the FTSE 80 index ended 0.61 pct down. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 121 to 89 with another 49 issues unchanged.

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