April 8, 2010
Four years ago, Qiang Qiang was a healthy boy. Now, he is epileptic and has trouble keeping up at school — problems that emerged after a vaccination against Japanese encephalitis.
The seven-year-old is one of dozens of youngsters in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi  whose parents believe their children may have suffered serious side effects from vaccines in the country’s latest public health scare.
“We have spent nearly 60,000 yuan ($8,800) to try to cure him, and we really hope the government will take this situation seriously.”
A Chinese state media report last month said four children had died and more than 70 others in Shanxi  fell ill after they received shots against illnesses such as hepatitis B and rabies between 2006 and 2008.