Of 50 million measles vaccines, only 400 reactions reported

16:59, September 20, 2010      

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Of the roughly 50 million people in China who have been vaccinated for measles as of Sept. 14, there were 400 abnormal reaction cases, the majority of which were allergic rash, said Zhao Kai, a medical virology expert from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, in an interview with People's Daily Online on Sept.19.

On Sept. 11, China implemented measles immunizations nationwide among 100 million children aged between 8 months to 14 years.

According to the Ministry of Health, few children may suffer adverse reactions, including injection site pain and tenderness, fever or an allergic rash that will heal by its own within two days.

Zhao Kai said that data shows the abnormal rate of vaccination was merely 0.8 out of 100,000, and those children who suffered allergic rash will heal soon.

"According to the report, the abnormal reaction rate of domestically-made measles vaccine was lower than data from the World Health Organization," Zhao said.

By Li Mu, People's Daily Online


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