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  • Free Flu Vaccinations and TB Checkups for the Underprivileged and Homeless

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    The Seoul Metropolitan Government provided free flu vaccinations and tuberculosis checkups for the underprivileged and the homeless from October 23 to November 6, 2014.

    Related organizations, such as Homeless Seoul and the Flophouse Counseling Centers, visited areas with a large underprivileged population, including homeless people, to carry out the vaccinations and medical tests. Being held for 13 days, over 80 people have volunteered for the program. In addition, Sanofi Pasteur, the largest global pharmaceutical company dedicated to vaccines, provided 3,800 doses of VAXIGRIP, valued at KRW 100 million, free of charge.


    In particular, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will conduct tuberculosis checkups and offer hospital treatment for a certain period of time for those who test positive. Furthermore, the city government will thoroughly follow up on the status of these patients through district health centers and free clinics for the homeless. Since 2011, the number of people infected with tuberculosis has been decreasing. According to the tuberculosis checkup conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in the first half of this year, 15 out of 1,346 people tested positive for the disease and received treatment.

    Sanofi Pasteur

    Established in 1997, Sanofi Pasteur is the largest company in the world devoted entirely to vaccines, and is currently manufacturing a wide range of vaccine products to prevent the spread of about 20 different contagious diseases. In 2010, Sanofi Pasteur provided over 1.6 billion doses of vaccines, allowing about 500 million people throughout the world to receive vaccinations.

    Moreover, in 2011 and 2012, the company provided free vaccinations to 2,500 homeless and 5,000 underprivileged people. In Seoul, Sanofi Pasteur has been expanding its support for vaccinations, providing free hepatitis A vaccinations to 500 youths from low-income families in Seoul last June.