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Child swine flu jab trials begin
About 1,000 children are taking part in a study testing two swine flu vaccines ahead of a UK vaccination programme.
Information about their use in children is limited and the study will allow experts to monitor immune reactions and any side effects.
The trial, which began on Saturday, will involve children aged between six months and 12 in Oxford, Southampton, London, Bristol and Devon.
"And secondly there is clear evidence that flu epidemics and pandemics are spread very efficiently by children.
"Children simply infect each other and their parents very efficiently and for that reason a hugely effective strategy to controlling epidemics of this kind is to immunise children."