Residents advised to get vaccinated again to prevent virus outbreak
With the recent death of a A/H1N1 patient, residents of Shenzhen were advised to get vaccinated at their city community health centers. According to the city for disease control and prevention, the vaccine is effective for one year and the vaccine given to most people in Shenzhen would have expired by now.
Elderly, children and pregnant women are on the top list of people that are advised to get the vaccine as soon as possible. People living in Shenzhen were vaccinated in 2009 and 2010 so it’s advisable to get the vaccine again to prevent them from catching the disease. The center for disease control and prevention has no plans of putting up a temporary vaccination center in schools as what they did in 2009.
The 625 community health centers in Shenzhen have the A/H1N1 vaccine, the domestically made vaccine is available for 40 yuan per administration. the imported vaccine is priced at 80 yuan. the vaccine is a precaution to the three types of influenza namely A/H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. Since Shenzhen is now entering the peak influenza season the city will be seeing more cases of the A/H1N1 virus because of people returning to Shenzhen coming from the Spring Festival break.
Residents are advise to take all necessary precautions to guard themselves against the flu virus. Residents are told to wash their hands regularly and get plenty of fresh air. People experiencing symptoms such as fever, sore throat and coughs should seek medical attention as soon as possible.