The story appears on

Page A2

January 26, 2010

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Health and Science

Tots offered flu vaccine

THE Shanghai Health Bureau announced yesterday it will offer swine flu vaccinations for local children between six and 35 months to protect them against the deadly virus.

The inoculation will be conducted by district-level health bureaus, which are to designate community hospitals to carry out the free shots, said the bureau.

The announcement follows the Ministry of Health's suggestion on January 7 that this young age group be included among the vulnerable populations getting vaccinations.

The Shanghai Health Bureau did not say exactly when the shots will be available.

Healthy children who live in the city and meet the qualifications on age and physical condition will be able to go to designated hospitals for the injection with their vaccination notebook or local children's health care notebook, the health bureau said.

Medical staff will inform parents about the vaccine's effects, tell them where the shots are available and distribute an agreement to sign.

"The inoculation is free and voluntary. Parents must sign the document before having their children vaccinated, while the hospitals and medical staff must strictly carry out vaccination and do strict monitoring on its safety and effects," said Song Guofan, a health bureau official.

Children between six and 35 months should receive two shots for swine flu vaccination. Each shot is 7.5 micrograms, half the dosage of an adult shot. The interval between the two shots is 21 to 28 days, the ministry said.

For more information, Song said, parents can call each district's center for disease control and prevention, or the health hotline at 12320.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend