Accept the H1N1 vaccination or not, that is a question

16:04, November 03, 2009      

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Two students kis at the school hospital of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics on Thursday.

As the number of H1N1 flu cases increases sharply, health experts believe the peak flu season is yet to come.

The outbreak is expected to hit students and children hardest.

"Seasonal changes often cause colds, which are more prevalent among children because of their lack of resistance to infection," said Dong Lijuan, a doctor at the Beijing Children's Hospital.

Beijing has reported more than 6,700 H1N1 cases, with about 200 new ones reported daily. About 5,000 flu infections from all strains of the virus are being reported daily in the city.

As the cold weather approaches in the vast northern parts of China, it is likely the number of people infected will increase rapidly, said Pang Xinghuo, an official from the Beijing Centers for Diseases Prevention and Control. [Detail]

More H1N1 cases stoking public fears in China

In October, the H1N1 flu pandemic killed seven people on the Chinese mainland, stoking the public's fears, and leading them to wonder what the death toll of the disease will be.

A multitude of comments posted by concerned netizens have flooded the Internet recently, particularly after the latest H1N1 deaths of healthy young students. Some parents even kept schoolchildren at home as a precaution.

In response, health minister Chen Zhu tried to ease the mounting fear. "There is no need to panic and the pandemic is still well under control," he said last week.

The latest nationwide survey, however, showed that more than 80 percent of flu patients in the country tested positive for H1N1. In September, that figure was only about 20 percent across the nation. [Detail]

[Related: A/H1N1 accounts for 80 pct of China's total flu cases: official]
[Related: WHO: 80% global population could contract A/H1N1 flu]
[Related: Mainland reports 7th H1N1 flu death]

China faces "severe challenges" in combating A/H1N1 flu: State Council

Children receive the A/H1N1 influenza vaccination in Liuzhou, a city in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Oct. 28, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

China's State Council said on Oct. 28 the country faces "severe challenges" in the prevention and control of A/H1N1 flu after some areas reported a sharp increase in the number of patients infected by the epidemic.

The State Council, or the Cabinet, ordered government departments at all levels to beef up measures to prevent large-scale outbreak of the disease and vaccine producers to speed up their production.

Efforts should be made to prevent and control A/H1N1 flu in schools and avoid assemblies in such places, according to the meeting, which was chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao. [Detail]

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