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Officials stress safety of Shanghai vaccines

NO severe adverse reactions have been reported by Shanghai residents after vaccinations, Shanghai Health Bureau said today.

Officials have moved to reassure residents after a spate of reactions sickened people who had jabs in Guangdong and Shanxi provinces.

Between 2007 and 2009, Shanghai offered 24.73 million shots of 23 different vaccines against 19 infectious diseases. The rate of side effects was in line with normal standards, officials said.

Of those, 15.91 million were free vaccines included under China's inoculation plan, with 8.82 million paid vaccines given for other diseases.

"The free vaccines are purchased by the government through a bidding process, while the second type is purchased by Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention after experts' analysis based on vaccines' safety, effects, cost and incidence and prevalence of infectious diseases in the city," said Song Guofan, a health bureau official.

Both kinds of vaccines were transported under relevant safety rules from the producers to Shanghai CDC and then transported to district-based CDC and medical facilities giving the shots. The entire procedure is monitored by Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

Shanghai CDC has eight special vaccine warehouses, all equipped with temperature warning systems to regulate the quality of jabs.


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