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Cablegate: H1n1 Update: 15,878 Confirmed Cases

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SUBJECT: H1N1 UPDATE: 15,878 CONFIRMED CASES

REF: A) Berlin 1047, B) Berlin 1046 and previous.

1. (U) SUMMARY: The number of confirmed H1N1 infections in
Germany rose over the weekend to 15,878 cases on August 31.
Opinion polls show that fewer Germans are interested in flu
vaccination this fall/winter. Health authorities are planning
an awareness campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated.
END SUMMARY

2. (U) At its August 31 press briefing, the National Reference
Center for Influenza at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
confirmed a total of 619 new (laboratory and non-laboratory)
H1N1 cases in Germany over Thursday of last week, increasing
the total number of H1N1 cases to 15,878. New cases were
distributed among all sixteen federal states as follows:
Bavaria (148), Baden-Wuerttemberg (147), North Rhine-
Westphalia (NRW) (121), Rhineland-Palatinate (49), Lower-
Saxony (47), Schleswig-Holstein (22), Berlin (21), Hesse (19),
Hamburg (11), Saxony (9), Brandenburg (7), Saxony-Anhalt (5),
Thuringia (5), Bremen (5) and Saarland (2) and Mecklenburg-
Vorpommern (1).

3. (U) According to RKI, 385 of the total 619 new cases are
attributed to people returning from travel abroad. New cases
include non-laboratory H1N1 cases that exhibited symptoms
after being in contact with a laboratory-confirmed infected
person.

4. (U) NRW remains the German state with the highest number
of confirmed virus cases with a total of 5,064, followed by
Lower-Saxony (2,428) and Baden-Wuerttemberg (2,252 cases).
The number of all confirmed infections in Germany that have
resulted from domestic transmission increased to 25 percent.


Fewer Germans Interested in Flu Vaccination
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5. (U) An opinion poll conducted by Der Spiegel magazine
shows that the majority of Germans is not interested in
getting the H1N1 vaccination in fall. Only 13 percent of the
Germans polled said they would get the vaccination against the
new A/H1N1 influenza, and 25 percent of all interviewed said
that they were considering getting it. Youth between 18 to 29
years of age were particularly hesitant about the vaccination.
The Health Ministry and the Robert-Koch Institute have
announced plans to launch a campaign to convince young people
of the need to get flu shots.


MURPHY

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