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Coma teen wins payout after flu jab

A TEENAGER has won 110,000 yuan (US$16,113) compensation from his local government after falling into a coma when he got the city's H1N1 flu vaccination.

The boy, a middle school student in Guangzhou, southern Guangdong's capital, is the first person to show such severe adverse reaction and have nearly died after the jab, today's Guangzhou Daily newspaper reported.

He has recovered and will soon be discharged from Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center.

Officials from the city's public health bureau told the newspaper that the government will pay 110,000 yuan to the boy to cover the medical costs to cure his meningitis.

The boy got the vaccine at school on December 16 and ran a fever five days later. He was treated in intensive care after falling into a coma. He woke up on December 31 and has improved since.

Medical experts suggested he had an adverse reaction to the vaccine but said further research was needed, the newspaper quoted the public health bureau's vice director Tang Xiaoping as saying.


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