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Children aged between six months and 12 years will be given the vaccine as part of the trial and any reaction or medical problem that occurs will be recorded. Youngsters will also be given a blood test before and after. Data from Exeter youngsters would be compiled along with results from Bristol, Oxford, Southampton and South West London to help Government health experts make a final decision on whether to vaccinate youngsters. Experts will be looking out for signs of fever, a reaction in the skin around the injection site and any other illness that children might suffer. Professor Finn said the decision to vaccinate children would be based on the harm that the injection could cause compared to the perceived risk of youngsters contracting swine flu.
CHILDREN in Exeter could be among the first to be inoculated...If the Government gives the go-ahead...parents will be able to put their children forward to be part of the trial
“national vaccination programme” means a scheme which aims to vaccinate all individuals in England who meet specified criteria to protect them against a particular infection or infections, with a view to preventing the occurrence of that infection or those infections;