Chief Epidemiologist for Iceland
Volume 2. Issue 10. October 2006.
CHANGES IN THE NATIONAL
P R O G R A M M E A S O F 1 J A N UA R Y 2 0 0 7
Changes in the
tion Programme A tender for vaccines used in the National • A pertussis booster vaccination will be
as of 1 Jan. 2007 Childhood Vaccination Programme was introduced at 14 years of age, when one
last issued in 1999 and since the year 2000 injection containing dTaP, IPV
Contracts on p. 2
the present vaccination programme has (Boosterix Polio) will be administered.
emergency stock- remained largely unchanged. According to This is done in order to maintain
piles of protective the 1999 tender documents, a tender for immunity against pertussis in the society,
equipment vaccination programme vaccines is sup- minimize the risk of pertussis infection
posed to be issued every few years, there- among the elderly and to prevent its
fore a new tender is due. transmission to young children.
Last summer a tender for these vaccines As of 1 January 2007, the organisation of
was issued in Iceland and on 1 January the National Childhood Vaccination Pro-
2007 a new arrangement of the immun- gramme will be as shown in the table
isation programme will enter into force. below.
The following changes will be made to the The primary health-care service is en-
National Childhood Vaccination Pro- couraged to obtain supplies of the older
gramme as of 1 January 2007: vaccines (Pentavac, diTekiBooster, Difta-
Dr H. Briem, • Many of the vaccines will have new vax and Imovax Polio) before the close of
Chief Epidemiologist 2006 and to finish the supplies currently
Ms A. St. Atladottir
names even though their contents and
Ms G. Sigmundsdottir efficacy will remain practically un- available in Iceland in the first months of
Ms S.Hauksdottir changed. 2007.
Mr TH. Gudnason
• There will be no thiomersal in the As of 1 January 2007, it will only be possi-
pentavalent vaccine to be used for ble to order the new vaccines (from
Ms J. M. Gudnadottir
vaccinating children at the ages of Parlogis) in accordance with the vaccination
three, five and twelve months. Penta- scheme below.
vac, the vaccine used up until now,
however, does contain traces of thio-
DIRECTORATE OF HEALTH
Age Contents Name Producer
3, 5, 12 months DTaP, Hib, IPV Infanrix Polio Hib GSK
Tel: +354 510 1900 6, 8 months MCC NeisVac-C Baxter
Fax: +354 510 1920
18 months, 12 yrs. MMR Priorix GSK
5 years dTaP Boosterix GSK
The contents of this newsletter 14 years dTaP, IPV Boosterix Polio GSK
may be reproduced provided that
the source is quoted.
EPI - ICE
Directorate of Health – Chief Epidemiologist for Iceland October 2006
CONTRACTS ON EMERGENCY STOCKPILES
OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Earlier this year a group of specialists was aprons. This protective equipment is in-
appointed to outline specifications concern- tended for use by health-care workers and
ing a tender for personal protective equip- others who provide care for patients suf-
ment for use in an influenza pandemic. The fering from influenza or by people working
group was composed of representatives with animals infected by avian influenza, e.g.
from the Agricultural Authority in Iceland, birds.
the University of Iceland Institute for Ex- Medical gloves were not a part of the tender
perimental Pathology, the Landspitali Uni- in question since a framework contract on
versity Hospial and the Chief Epidemiologist medical gloves is already in force. It is ex-
for Iceland. pected that a tender for medical gloves will
Subsequent to the tender, contracts have be issued when the current contracts expire
been signed with nine importers on the next year.
purchase and stockpiling of, among other The Chief Epidemiologist is responsible for
Contracts have been things, 630,000 isolation gowns, particulate monitoring these emergency stocks and will
signed with nine respirators, safety goggles and protective be in charge of their allocation in accordance
with a special evaluation procedure when
importers on the purchase needed. At present, guidelines on the alloca-
and stockpiling of tion are being prepared.
safety goggles and
When appropriate, personal protective equip-
ment, covering the body from head to toe,
is used. In an influenza pandemic, however, Personal protective equipment is in-
health-care workers will only rarely need tended for use by those caring for
such extensive protection. patients suffering from influenza and
by people working with animals in-
fected by avian influenza, e.g. birds.
In an influenza pandemic the most important thing is to protect oneself against aerosol trans-
mission. Particulate respirators, as shown on the left, can be used by people taking care of
influenza patients. Under certain circumstances it may also be advisable to protect the whole
face with a face shield or use safety goggles, as shown in the pictures on the right.