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Tots get shots for H1N1

CHINA has begun clinical trial use of H1N1 flu vaccine designed for children between six to 35 months old, and "none of the volunteers has exhibited any signs of severe adverse reactions after receiving the first shot," the Ministry of Health said yesterday.

The clinical trials began at the beginning of this month and were conducted in three bases in provincial-level areas including Guangxi, Jiangsu and Hunan, according to the ministry.

Three vaccine producers -- Beijing-based Sinovac Biotech Company, Zhejiang Tianyuan Bio-Pharmaceutical Co Ltd and Shanghai Institute of Biological Products -- were responsible for conducting the tests, the ministry said.

Among 935 participants, 209 were children between six to 12 months old, 363 aged one and 363 aged two. They began to receive another round of vaccination from Wednesday, the ministry said.

Officials approved the trials to better protect children aged below three, who have a high risk to infect the A/H1N1 strain, the report reads.


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