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"We have all reason to believe that the vaccine will be safe," Kieny said, noting that studies in China found that only 1 in 1,000 vaccinations resulted in mild side effects.
Kieny said parents would likely become more confident after seeing other people's children receive the vaccination without suffering side effects.
Governments should also do more to convince people of the importance of vaccination, as flu generally requires 70 percent of the population to be vaccinated in order to achieve a 'herd immunity' effect whereby transmission of the virus is severely restricted, she said.
WHO has spoken out against mandatory vaccination, but countries could consider requiring health professionals to stay away from patients if they refuse to be vaccinated, Kieny said.
About 4,500 people are known to have died from the disease since the outbreak began in April, according to WHO.
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