China will soon vaccinate its citizens against the H1N1 flu as the potentially deadly disease has entered the peak season with rising community outbreaks and severe cases.
Detailed inoculation plans have not yet been released but safety should always be the top concern, according to the State Council executive meeting presided by Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday.
As the total cases reached 5,592 yesterday afternoon on the mainland, the virus has been detected in all 31 provinces and autonomous regions including remote western Xinjiang, Ningxia and Tibet, which reported its first cases over the weekend.
The virus will spread more quickly from cities to countryside and sicken more people at the community level, said Zeng Guang, a senior epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The week-long national holiday is nearing, when an estimated 200 million Chinese will be on the move. Railway and aviation departments are being ordered to devise contingency plans in case of outbreaks.