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No abnormal reactions reported in Beijing's first A/H1N1 flu vaccinations

2009-09-22 10:33:28 GMT2009-09-22 18:33:28 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A medical worker vaccinates a student againt A/H1N1 virus at Beijing No. 65 Middle School in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 22, 2009. The vaccination of A/H1N1 bacterin started in Beijing on Tuesday, as the first place to do so in China. (Xinhua/Zhou Liang)

BEIJING, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) - The first batch of people who received A/H1N1 flu vaccinations on Monday in Beijing had no abnormal reactions, a local health official said Tuesday.

The national capital took the lead to start an A/H1N1 flu vaccination program Monday. Students due to take part in the National Day celebrations on Oct. 1 were the first to be immunized, said Zhao Tao, head of the Beijing Health Bureau's disease control and prevention department.

About 10,000 students and the celebration participants received the vaccinations on Monday. None of them had abnormal reactions, he 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.

Beijing has reported 1,432 A/H1N1 flu cases so far, of which 1,112 have recovered.

The total number of confirmed cases of A/H1N1 influenza on the 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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