H1N1 vaccination is safe

From Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: People at risk of contracting Influenza A(H1N1) need not worry about vaccination side effects, said Malaysian Society of Infectious Disease and Chemotherapy member Dr Christopher Lee.

He said side effects like a mild fever or pain at the part of the body innoculated occurred occasionaly and only in a few patients.

“At the most, these side effects will only last a day,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Annual Influenza Vaccination With New Southern Hemisphere Formulation briefing session here Tuesday.

He was asked to comment on a statement Monday by Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin that response to free anti-H1N1 vaccinations at government hospitals was not good because the public was worried about side effects.

Dr Lee advised those at high risk of the killer disease, especially those suffering from asthma, diabetes, kidney, heart and lung problems, obese people and pregnant mothers to get innoculated without delay at the 104 vaccination centres provided by the Health Ministry. – Bernama

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