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Compensation for coma boy

A TEENAGE boy has been awarded 110,000 yuan (US$16,113) compensation from his local government for falling into a coma after he was vaccinated against H1N1 flu.

The middle school student in Guangzhou, southern Guangdong's capital, was the first person to show such a severe adverse reaction and nearly died after the jab, yesterday'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 medical costs.

The boy was vaccinated at school on December 16 and developed a fever five days later. He was treated in intensive care after falling into a coma. He woke up on December 31.

Medical experts suggested he had suffered 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.

The bureau said the vaccine is safe as only one severe reaction had been reported among 1 million people vaccinated.


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