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With 2 treated for H1N1, city plans shots for pregnant women

THE Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday it is working on detailed plans to give pregnant women swine flu vaccinations.

At least one pregnant woman with serious infection of swine flu was treated at local hospital yesterday.

The Shanghai woman started to develop high temperature while being at a district-level hospital for delivery, officials said. She was confirmed as a serious case of swine flu and transferred to the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, a designated hospital for swine flu treatment, after undergoing an urgent Caesarean surgery to deliver a healthy baby.

"She got through critical condition and started to recover gradually thanks to early detection, diagnosis and treatment," said Dr Lu Hongzhou, vice president of Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center.

Another pregnant woman with severe swine flu gave birth on November 24 at the Shanghai No. 6 People's Hospital. In her 33rd week of pregnancy, she underwent Caesarean surgery after suffering respiration failure due to the infection.

The woman has recovered and her baby didn't catch the virus.

Local health officials said Shanghai has already broadened the circle of vaccine recipients to include university students and the elderly who are over 60 years old with local residency. The shots were first given to medical staff, public service staff, and primary and middle school students and teachers.

So far some 1.1 million people have had the shots without severe adverse reaction.

Song Guofan, a health bureau official, said "detailed plans" are being made for pregnant women, vocational school students, poultry and livestock farm staff, veterinarians and migrant workers.

"The vaccination is voluntary," Song said. "Pregnant women can consult their doctors while making decision."

Since the first case was found in May, the city has reported 2,312 cases of swine flu as of Wednesday, the bureau said.

Four people, including a five-year-old girl, have died of the disease since December 4.


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