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Fewer School Children Receiving
Vaccines Over Doubt and Panic


A fatality allegedly due to an inoculation against influenza A(H1N1) involving a 7-year-old in Taichung has caused panic among parents in Taiwan leading to a sharp decline in the number of school children receiving A(H1N1) vaccine over the past week.

Pediatricians at major medical institutions confirmed yesterday that the number of school children receiving A(H1N1) vaccine shots has declined sharply over the past week, primarily due to concerns over the safety of the vaccine after the 7-year-old boy died several weeks after being immunized.

Meanwhile, Lin Hsiu-chen, a pediatrician with Taipei Medical University Hospital, estimated that the number of school children receiving H1N1 inoculations was down by some 30 percent compared to the number when the nationwide vaccination campaign was launched Nov. 1.

Lin said she will persuade parents to have their young children vaccinated, although she admitted she could not force them to do so.


Reference Source: etaiwannews.com
December 30, 2009
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