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Nearly 70,000 Tibetans Inoculated With A/H1N1 Flu Vaccine

(2009/11/02)

LHASA, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 70,000 students, teachers and medical personnel have been inoculated with the A/H1N1 flu vaccine in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, the regional health authorities said Friday.

The central government had sent 200,000 doses of vaccine to the regional capital, Lhasa, after it reported a death from A/H1N1 influenza on Oct. 4, said Xirabrodain, director of the regional disease control and prevention centre.

Twenty-five people had sought medication after being inoculated since Tibet started inoculations on Oct. 14, he said. "But no serious adverse reaction has been reported."

Eighteen of those who sought medication for a fever was found to have suffered from an upper respiratory tract infection before inoculation, Xirabrodain said.

Seven others felt slightly uncomfortable after inoculation. "Their symptoms were normal, and have disappeared after treatment," he said.

"Since people have no immunity to the virus, vaccination is the most effective way to prevent the disease," Xirabrodain said.



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