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Vaccine reaction checks

The city's health authorities are to launch an adverse reaction examination system for those who feel uncomfortable after vaccinations.

The Shanghai Health Bureau said the system, to be introduced on September 1, could explain what part of the vaccination had gone wrong to anyone who suffered side effects after being injected to clarify responsibilities and find solutions for further treatment.

"Adverse reactions are usually reflected in symptoms such as a fever or a rash or sometimes even shock if the person receiving the injection is sensitive to the vaccine," said Song Guofan, an official with the health bureau.

"With the examination system, the patient will be able to find out whether there is a problem with the vaccine or the process of the injection."

Song said the system was being put in place to cope with the massive inoculation of measles vaccine in children.

The bureau said earlier that the city would provide free injections for all children between eight months and 14 years from September 11 to 20 under a national campaign to control the spread of measles. The number of children involved would be around 2 million.

"Everyone may have a different reaction to the vaccine but all the present vaccines have been proved safe and stable through many years," Song said.

"But since the number of those being inoculated is considerably increased this year, the number of children who may have adverse reaction could also increase," Song said.

There used to be fewer than 100,000 children getting the measles vaccine every year before the latest policy, Song said yesterday.


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