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    China to give swine flu vaccinations to 12,700 Muslims


    China to vaccinate Mecca pilgrims against flu



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    A Chinese nurse prepares to insert a drip on the forehead of a boy getting treated for flu

    </td></tr></tbody></table>BEIJING (AFP)
    <mainbody xmlns="">China is to give swine flu vaccinations to 12,700 Muslims making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, state media reported Thursday, amid health concerns ahead of the three-million-strong hajj.

    The China Islamic Association said the pilgrims would also be given free medicine and disposable masks, and a medical team will accompany them to hand out advice on A(H1N1) flu prevention, the official Xinhua news agency reported.</mainbody>



    Saudi Arabia has said it is ready to welcome some three million pilgrims during the annual hajj to Mecca, expected around the end of November, amid a heightened global alert on the swine flu pandemic.

    Yang Zhibo, vice chairman of the Chinese association, was quoted as saying that more than 3,000 of this year's pilgrims came from the far-western region of Xinjiang -- home to the country's eight million mainly Muslim Uighurs.

    http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/10/15/88128.html
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