Singapore reports low demand of H1N1 vaccines for children

08:52, December 29, 2009      

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Singapore's polyclinics and private clinics are seeing a low demand for the H1N1 vaccines for children, with an average of only two requests per day, local media reported on Monday.

According to local TV broadcaster Channel NewsAsia, the nine polyclinics under the Singhealth Group have seen a total of 121 children below 10 years of age receive vaccinations for the H1N1 virus. And the Raffles Medical Group said its 42 clinics have seen a total of 20 patients per day coming in for H1N1 vaccinations with children making up less than 10 percent of that group.

The Singapore government has approved the use of H1N1 vaccines for young children after a H1N1-related death of a two-year-old child in November.

Local polyclinics said the low demand for the vaccines could be due to many families flying overseas for their vacations and they're expecting more children to come forward for their vaccinations after the school term starts.

Singapore reported its first confirmed case of flu A/H1N1 on May 27. The flu has caused 19 deaths in the country.

Source: Xinhua
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