Tuesday, Oct 27th, 2009
BEIJING — The World Health Organization encouraged Chinese citizens to be vaccinated against swine flu Tuesday, calling the shot “safe and effective” after an opinion poll revealed wariness about quality.
Michael O’Leary, the WHO’s new representative in China, said tests had shown side effects from the homegrown A(H1N1) vaccine were “mild and temporary” and should not keep those most vulnerable to the virus from being inoculated.
“In China, over 12,000 people took part in field trials” before the country launched its mass swine flu vaccination programme last month, O’Leary said in comments emailed to AFP.
“They demonstrated that the vaccine is safe and effective, with occasional mild and temporary symptoms as expected. We recommend the use of this vaccine for use among priority groups in China.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 11:54 am