The Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot confirmed in a statement on November 6 that the vaccine against influenza A (H1N1) for the entire French population will have two injections. "The results confirm at this stage, the proper level of protection acquired after the first dose. But the Minister of Health considers that the results are needed to ensure that protection is sustainable.
It relies on the recommendations of French and European branches of medicine (Afssaps and EMEA).
The latter recommended to expect "further data expected in the coming weeks" to determine whether a single dose is sufficient protection against the H1N1 virus or not.
The Minister recommends a vaccination scheme in two doses for the entire population, preferring to be cautious. However, a review of the High Council of Public Health (HCSP) to be released November 6, advises immunization with a shot to some adults aged 18 to 60 years.
It relies on an opinion by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help make vaccines as soon as possible.
The European Medicines Agency should make a review of vaccination with one or two doses in the weeks ahead.