Last year, more than 42,000 persons had been vaccinated against H1N1, while in 2016 as many as 1.01 lakh persons were given the vaccine. There were 778 deaths and 6,144 cases of H1N1 virus in Maharashtra in 2017, said state health officials.
Recently, officials said, several meetings were conducted to prepare a plan of action for the next few months, when the cases are expected to rise.
Diggikar said, “We have placed an order for 500 doses of the vaccine for all the high-risk districts.”
State health authorities are yet to procure a vaccine against the new strain. This, despite a strong recommendation by the state committee, in March this year, to prevent communicable diseases. Pune region has the highest number of deaths — 62 — this year.