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China: Four dead after H1N1 inoculation

China: Four dead after H1N1 inoculation
Chinese pharmacy workers prepare traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) packets of various herbs at the Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in Beijing on July 23, 2009. In order to bring TCM into full play in the prevention and treatment of Type A influenza H1N1, or swine flu, the Beijing Administration of TCM has set up a special service path for people to obtain herbal packets that doctors claim will help prevent H1N1 infection. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver) | License Photo

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The Chinese Ministry of Health said four people died following widespread inoculations of an H1N1 flu vaccine made in China.

Liang Wannian, director of the ministry's emergency response office, said three of the deaths were proven to be irrelevant to inoculation efforts, while the fourth death is still under investigation, China's official state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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Liang said as of Monday, 2,867 suspected adverse reactions to the Chinese H1N1 flu vaccine were reported among the 26.18 million people who received the inoculation.

Fever or swelling was the symptom experienced by nearly 80 percent of those individuals reporting possible adverse reactions, the ministry official said.

"Clinical tests and practices in China and other countries have shown the A (H1N1) flu vaccines are safe," Liang said.

Xinhua said as of Sunday, nearly 80 percent of the more than 90,000 people in China who were infected with H1N1, or swine flu, had recovered. The death toll from the spread of H1N1 in China was 178.

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