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H1N1 vaccine 'rumors' false

THE Ministry of Health yesterday dispelled an online rumor that the recent swine flu influenza outbreak in Beijing was caused by the vaccination of students prior to the National Day celebration.

"The rumor violates scientific theories and does not comport with the truth," said ministry spokesman Mao Qun'an. "It is a total fabrication."

Reports on some foreign Websites said primary and secondary school students in the Chinese capital were given vaccinations to prevent H1N1 flu before the People's Republic of China celebrated its 60th anniversary on October 1, and those vaccines led to the recent outbreak in the capital city.

The spokesman said Beijing did not carry out large-scale vaccination among primary and secondary school students before National Day. Besides, an outbreak would not occur among people who have already been given vaccinations, since the vaccine has proved to be effective.

As the first country to issue a production license for H1N1 vaccines, China had inoculated more than 3.78 million people as of last Saturday, with no reports of serious adverse reactions. About 33.4 million doses of vaccines have been approved for use as of Saturday, 26 million of which have been dispatched to local medical institutions.


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