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Beijing starts A/H1N1 flu vaccinations

2009-09-21 11:46:20 GMT2009-09-21 19:46:20 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

bus driver who will be on duty during the National Day Celebration receives the A/H1N1 flu vaccination in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 21, 2009. The national capital Beijing took the lead in the country to start A/H1N1 flu vaccination program Monday, the municipal health authorities announced. (Xinhua/Yang Min)

A student from the High School affiliated to Minzu University of China receives the A/H1N1 flu vaccination in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 21, 2009. The national capital Beijing took the lead in the country to start A/H1N1 flu vaccination program Monday, the municipal health authorities announced. (Xinhua/Yang Min)

A student of Tsinghua University receives the A/H1N1 flu vaccination in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 21, 2009. The national capital Beijing took the lead in the country to start A/H1N1 flu vaccination program Monday, the municipal health authorities announced. (Xinhua/Yang Wei)

A student from Beijing Jingyuan School receives A/H1N1 flu vaccination in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 21, 2009. The national capital Beijing took the lead in the country to start A/H1N1 flu vaccination program Monday, the municipal health authorities announced. (Xinhua/Yang Min)

Students from the High School affiliated to Minzu University of China prepare to receive the A/H1N1 flu vaccinations in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 21, 2009. The national capital Beijing took the lead in the country to start A/H1N1 flu vaccination program Monday, the municipal health authorities announced. (Xinhua/Yang Min)

BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The national capital Beijing took the lead in the country to start A/H1N1 flu vaccination program Monday, the municipal health authorities announced.

Students due to take part in the National Day celebrations on Oct. 1 are the first to be immunized, a municipal health bureau official said.

The health bureau has deployed 500 medical staff in 49 teams to carry out vaccinations in colleges, middle and primary schools in the city, he said.

The vaccination is funded by the municipal government and is free. Citizens can decide for themselves if they want the vaccination, he said.

The total number of confirmed cases of A/H1N1 influenza on the Chinese mainland had reached 11,722 as of 3 p.m. Friday, figures from the Ministry of Health showed.

All the 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities on the mainland have reported A/H1N1 flu cases. So far there have been no deaths reported.

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