The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Saturday that amid
the spreading of the H5N1 avian flu, a government-funded vaccine is now
available for voluntary recipients who are at high risk of exposure to
the influenza virus.
Starting on Friday, the CDC began to provide a vaccine against the
H5N1 avian influenza and the service will continue until the end of
August, the agency said.
The CDC recommended that people who work
in the inspection and quarantine sectors, medical institutes and those
who frequently visit countries with reported outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu
should get vaccinated against the virus.
The CDC said that smuggled birds carrying the virus were found at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport last year.
who work in virus-screening laboratories, inspection and quarantine
sectors, the poultry industry, ports of entry and those who plan to
travel to the endemic regions, with the exception of pregnant women, are
advised by the CDC to receive the vaccine, provided they are more than
18 years of age.