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WHO Praises Cyprus Handling of Swine Flu

Cyprus has done a lot to become prepared for a possible swine flu pandemic, said Deputy Regional Director of WHO Nata Menabde in Limassol today.

“In terms of being prepared Cyprus has done a lot, very successful activities already and the current way the surveillance system is functioning, is very good, very promising and there is a clear picture of what is happening in the island”, she said.

There is no need for mass vaccinations of the whole population of any country, she added.

"It (mass vaccinations) has in fact its dangers because we do not know how the vaccine will behave, what will be the side effects, so there is no need to go ahead and vaccinate all people” she added.

Cyprus followed all of WHO's guidelines as well as international recommendation, she said.

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