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Taiwan has enough flu vaccine: officials

ROC Central News Agency

2009/09/14 20:20:47

By Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) The government repeated an attempt Monday to allay concern about the outbreak in Taiwan of influenza A(H1N1), better-known as swine flu, saying that there are sufficient stocks of flu vaccine and the antiviral drug Tamiflu.

Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi reiterated the assurances by various top officials at a press conference after a regular gathering of leaders of the ruling Kuomintang, Presidential Office staff and Executive Yuan officials.

Premier Wu Den-yih also took part in the gathering, his first since assuming office Sept. 10.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education (MOE) reiterated that schools should maintain regular educational activities amid the outbreak, including field trips.

Although the new flu has triggered a global outbreak, its effects are mild and similar to that of the regular seasonal flu, MOE officials said, adding that there is no need to adopt the measures that were enforced in 2003 to prevent the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

However, students must still closely monitor their health, taking their temperature before leaving for school and staying at home upon developing flu-like symptoms, the officials said.

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