Killer Measles Vaccine Is Withdrawn And Other Vaccine Death Cases
A mother recounts the horror she faced at the immunization centre.
''She died at the centre itself soon after the vaccine. Froth started coming out of her nose instantly,'' said Suganthy.
The measles vaccination programme may be suspended across the country. Tamil Nadu has already taken this drastic step after the death of four babies in Thiruvallur on Wednesday.
Ninety lakh measles vaccines procured from Indian Immunological Ltd in Hyderabad have been withdrawn by the Health Ministry.
''The batch is being recalled,'' said Anbumani Ramadoss, Union Health Minister.
Health Ministry has said that vaccines were a trial order from the private, Hyderabad-based company and States that have been supplied by the company were warned.
The Union Health Ministry has rushed two experts and the vaccine has been sent for testing. The official report will take two days but it seems there was some toxin in it.
There are also reports that the medical camps did not have any provisions for emergencies.
The Centre had no choice, 45 lakh doses have already been sent to various states. Of that 20 lakh doses went to Tamil Nadu alone.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu put on hold measles immunisation programme and suspended two nurses after four babies died soon after getting vaccinated for measles.
Sources told NDTV that doctors have concluded that the four children died because of the vaccines.
''Anbumani Ramadoss has told me that the government of India is stopping the measles vaccine programme across the country. Tamil Nadu has already suspended the immunization programme throughout the state,'' said M R K Paneerselvam, Health Minister, Tamil Nadu.
In Tamil Nadu a mother, Arputhamaal, who was blessed with a girl baby twenty years after her marriage, lost her child to the killer vaccine. The ten-month-old died on Wednesday soon after she was administered measles vaccine, in the Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu.
Three other babies too lost their lives after vaccination at their neighbourhood government health centre.
Arputhamaal was inconsolable and visibly shaken after she lost her child.
''I had not taken my daughter to the hospital even once after the birth. And the first time she was taken she died, said Arputhamaal, a mother.
Another mother recounts the horror she faced at the immunization centre.
''She died at the centre itself soon after the vaccine. Froth started coming out of her nose instantly,'' said Suganthy.
The state government has ordered a probe. According to the health officials, the vaccine was supplied by the Central government-owned Human Biological Institute in Hyderabad.
There's a pal of gloom along with simmering tension in the area.
While the government has announced a compensation of Rs three lakh to families, there is no consolation for those who have lost their innocent children.
Ironically, Tamil Nadu is in the forefront of the vaccination movement in the country. The state has successfully eradicated polio and several other diseases.
In January 2008, Tamil Nadu became the first state chosen for implementing the Hepatitis-B vaccination programme.
Source: NDTV.com, news report, 24th April 2008.
4 Dead After Measles Vaccination, Another 6 Critically Ill
Measles vaccine proves fatal for 4 infants in Maharashtra
Saturday, 27 September 2008. Sky News.
Aurangabad (Maharashtra): Four infants died and six others were gasping for life in a government hospital here on Saturday, a day after they were administered a measles vaccine at a primary health centre.
The four children dead, Kalyani Baburao Gaikwad, Krishna Somnath Gaikwad, Shubham Nagesh Gaikwad and Pramod Raghunath Gaikwad, all less than a year old, were rushed to the government hospital as they took ill following inoculation of the vaccine at the Jategaon primary health centre in Waghola village near here.
Even as frantic efforts were on to save the lives of the six seriously ill children who too were given the vaccine from the same batch, the health department set up a three-man committee of paediatricians A P Kulkarni, L S Deshpande and A K Bindu to probe the tragic incident, hospital sources said.
While neither hospital dean Nandkumar Dravid nor any health department officer was available to give details like the number of children in the district given the vaccination and the status of their health, unconfirmed reports said all 40,000 vaccines supplied in the district are being withdrawn.
Here's another clip from the same incident: Panic As Vaccine Kills 4
Four children have died in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district after being given a measles vaccination.
The incident, which occurred in Waghola villlage, not only exposed flaws in the state's rural health system, but also raised serious concerns among parents. Many of them now say they would rather not vaccinate their children.(Watch)
Sharifa's 10-month-old baby girl is due for a measles shot. But she is not sure she wants to give her any vaccine. "I know it's important to give the vaccine, but what if something goes wrong and I lose her? Who will be responsible?" she asks.
10 Month Old Girl Dies After Measles Vaccine
A TEN- month old girl child died today after being administered a vaccine shot near Pachan Gounden Valasu in Paramathy Taluk of Namakkal district.
Rashidha, daughter of Raja (32) was given a dose of measles vaccine at the Jaderpalayam Primary Health Centre (PHC) on Tuesday. After returning home, the child developed high fever and was immediately taken to the same PHC where she was treated by a staff of the hospital. Dr Kumar who worked in a PHC in a nearby village then treated the child.
But Rashidhas condition worsened. Her stomach became bloated and she suffered loose motion.
This morning, as the child became weak and fainted, the parents rushed her to the Tiruchengode GH where the doctors declared the baby brought dead. Getting suspicious of his daughters death, Raja informed the local police.
Source: Express Buzz, 10 October 2008.
Measles Vaccine Kills 4 Kids - This Is A DIFFERENT Case Than The One Above!
Four children, aged between nine months and one-and-a-half years, died just hours after being given measles vaccine at a health sub-centre in the Nimua area of Baksa district this morning.
The children, identified as Bikash Dorjee of Kursijhar, Pramod Barman of Baganbari, Pamit Barman of Narsingbari and Bhagyasri Swargiary of Dikiajan, had high fever and bouts of vomiting before breathing their last at their homes except for one, who died in hospital.
Health department officials said the real cause of death would be known by tomorrow afternoon after the post mortem. The vaccines will be sent for tests.
The vaccine is given every Wednesday under the National Rural Health Mission. Nearly 15 children took the vaccine at the Nimua health sub-centre today.
A Bangalore-based institute manufactured the vaccine with an expiry date of December 2009.
The government tonight ordered a probe into the deaths, besides announcing Rs 1 lakh each for the family of the deceased.
Additional chief secretary P.P. Verma, who will conduct the probe, has been asked to submit the report soon.
A five-member team from the Union health ministry is scheduled to visit Nimua health sub-centre tomorrow to take stock of the situation.
Source: The Telegraph, Calcutta, India. 22 October 2008.
4 Infants Die After Measles Vaccination - more from the above case - Death toll set to rise as more vaccinated children sicken
In a shocking incident, four children aged below one year died allegedly after they were administered vaccination against measles in Baksa districts today morning. The deceased infants, all between age group of nine and eleven months, have been identified as Prabin Barman, son of Bidya Barman, December Bagla, son of Rakesh Bagla, Bhagyashree Swargiyary, daughter of Dhanjit Swargiyary and Bikash Dorjee son of Jang Bahadur Dorjee.
These babies were reportedly vaccinated against measles in different health centres under Nimua PHC in Baksa district. The expectations of the parents to keep their children protected from the disease shattered within hours as their wards died without getting any treatment.
As the report of the deaths spread in the rural areas, mothers whose children were administered the vaccine today, went panicky and created an unprecedented rush to the nearby dispensaries and to the Barpeta Road 30-bed hospital. Sources said that the casualties may rise as several more children have fallen sick after the vaccination programme.
Source: The Assam Tribune, 22 October 2008.
DPT And Polio Boosters Kill 18 Month Old Girl
"It is surprising to note that there have been several deaths following immunisation, and the administration has not been able to find a solution to this,'' a senior doctor said.
Following the death of an 18-month-old girl after being given a dose of vaccine at a health post in Andheri (E) on Tuesday evening, the mu
nicipal corporation has frozen certain batches of vaccine and sent samples for testing.
Sources said the girl, Ishadevi Sharma, was being taken by her parents to the local health post at MIDC for regular vaccine doses since her birth. On October 20, she was given the DPT booster as well as the polio dose and brought back home.
In the evening, Ishadevi developed high fever and, as instructed by the doctor, her mother applied warm water on the place where the child was given the injection. She also gave medicines to the child. As the child's condition worsened, she was taken to a nearby hospital the following day. When she started frothing at the mouth and continued running a temperature, she was referred to Cooper Hospital in Juhu, where she was declared dead.
According to Dr Mangala Gomare, in charge of BMC's immunisation programme, Ishadevi was among 29 children who were given vaccine doses at the MIDC health post. As an immediate measure, the administration has frozen this particular batch of vaccine.
The official said that samples of this vaccine have been sent to the laboratory at Kasauli to check for contamination. "The body was taken for a postmortem examination and the cause of death is still awaited,'' Dr Gomare added. Sources said that viscera samples had also been sent for a chemical analysis to the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory. Also, the body samples have been sent for a histopathology report to find out if the child had contracted a disease recently.
"It is surprising to note that there have been several deaths following immunisation, and the administration has not been able to find a solution to this,'' a senior doctor said.
Source: The Times of India, 23 October 2008.
HIB Vaccine Kills 4 Month Baby In China
A four-month-old baby died after receiving a pneumonia and meningitis vaccine in east China's Shandong Province, an official with the local health bureau said on Sunday.
The baby was vaccinated against Haemophilus influenza type B, or Hib, on October 19 at the Chinese Medicine Hospital in Liaocheng City.
"His mouth turned blue and his face turned pale several minutes after we left the hospital," said the baby's father, Yu Jingkuan. "He also had diarrhea. Then that afternoon, the baby looked normal."
However, Yu said his child suffered the same symptoms the next day.
"Doctors suggested the infant be transferred to another hospital for treatment, but my child died on the way." he said.
The vaccine was produced by Wosen Biotechnology Co. Ltd. in Yuxi City of the southwestern Yunnan Province. The company has sent staff to Liaocheng to investigate the death.
In the meantime, Liaocheng's health bureau ordered all hospitals in the city to suspend use of the vaccines.
Source: China Daily, 26 October 2008.
Parents Given Pay Off After Their 1 Year Old Dies From MMR
The parents of 1-year old Madyson Williams will receive $250,000 from the government for the death of their daughter.
Garry and Rachel Williams claimed the Mumps, Measles, Rubella Vaccine or MMR killed their daughter.
Madyson got the vaccine at the Pediatric Center in Springfield on May 12, 2006. Her parents submitted medical evidence that the MMR vaccine is the reason Madyson died 6 days later.
Attorneys for the Department of Health and Human Services Friday settled with the family for liability.
Calls to the government office were not returned as of news time.
Source: KSPR ABC News.
VAN UK'S Comment: That pay off is insulting for a child's death.
MMR Toddler Dies After Jab
A tot of 18 months died 10 days after having the MMR jab, an inquest heard yesterday.
Mum Sarah Fisher, 42, said she told doctors George had had febrile convulsions. She was not warned of any complications with the vaccine.
After the MMR, he had diarrhoea, a runny nose and no appetite. She found George, of Cheltenham, Glos, dead. Mrs Fisher said: "We cannot understand how our healthy son died."
Source: The Mirror 3rd December 2008.
China Suspends Hepatitis A Vaccine After The Death of A Minor
Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech Ltd (SVA.A: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said a Health Services Bureau in Beijing suspended the use of 83 doses of its hepatitis A vaccine, Healive, after the death of a minor.
The death of the minor on Nov. 27 "coincided with the administration of the vaccine two days prior," the company said in a statement. The suspended vaccine was part of a lot that passed the routine government inspection in July 2008, the company said.
Source: Reuters 2nd December 2008.
Here's another account of the same incident showing that authorities are more concerned about profits than they are about the toddler's death
SALES OF SINOVAC'S HEPATITIS VACCINE SUSPENDED AFTER BABY DIES
According to a report in Interfax-China, sales of Sinovac Biotechs (SVA) hepatitis A vaccine Healive have been suspended in Beijing's Fengtai district, following the death of a two-year-old infant.
Details remain sketchy. Sinovac has not released its official reaction to the action, which has not received wide coverage in the U.S., where Sinovac is traded. Healive is by far the most important revenue-producing product for Sinovac. It was responsible for 78% of Sinovacs Q3 sales.
Sinovacs shares dropped 12 cents to $1.03 in moderately heavy trading early Monday.
Source: Seeking Alpha 1st December 2008.
ANOTHER KID DIES AFTER BCG VACCINE
A two-month-old died this week after taking the BCG (Bacille Calmette Guerin) vaccine, given to prevent childhood tuberculosis, TOI has learnt.
The yet-to-be-named infant, the son of Chembur Naka resident Geeta Mane, was administered the BCG vaccine at a health post in Abhudaya Nagar on Tuesday. BCG is usually given at birth, but health workers who had gone for a polio immunisation round realised that the child hadnt taken his BCG and he was subsequently given the shot at the health post, said a source, adding that the child died the next day.
Public doctors said it was the first time the infant was being immunised, and that the entire batch of BCG vaccines as well as the diluent in which it is mixed had been seized.
This case, and the death of two children after they were administered the Hepatitis B and DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccines, come close on the heels of a spate of similar incidents in Chennai in which infants died after taking the measles vaccine.
Health officials however, still seemed unsure about the details of Geeta Manes infant and were hesitant to link it to the vaccine, though the stocks have been sealed.
He was a malnourished child. He had also travelled out of town and we cant attribute the death exclusively to vaccination, said executive health officer Dr Jairaj Thanekar, who also insisted that the child had been administered the Hepatitis B and DPT vaccines, like the other two kids.
TOI had in its Friday edition reported about the two deaths following vaccination. The first child, two-month-old Sunilkumar Sharma, had taken a dose of the DPT, Hepatitis B and polio vaccines at the Shatabdi sub-centre in Mankhurd on Tuesday and died a day later at Sion hospital. Then 48-day-old Tahira Ansari died on Friday after she was administered the DPT (triple dose) and Hepatitis B vaccines at the Oshiwara maternity home.
Health officials said they stopped the use of vaccines from the batch concerned across Maharashtra and there was no reason to panic. Samples had been sent to the Central Drug Laboratory in Kasauli to test for contamination.
Three deaths were reported and the children had received multiple vaccines. These are rare events and it is unfortunate that this time they have occurred in such a close span, said the director-general of health services, Dr Prakash Doke.
Source: Times of India, 11th May 2008.
Southern Vietnam suspends TB vaccine after infant death
Health centers in southern Vietnam were instructed Friday to stop using
BCG, a locally made tuberculosis vaccine, following an infant's death in
Dong Nai province Wednesday.
The province's Thong Nhat General Hospital said the three-day-old infant
died a few hours after being given a BCG shot made by the Ho Chi Minh
City-based Pasteur Institute.
The management board of the southern Expanded Program on Immunization also
instructed local health centers to report by July 6 the number of vaccines
still in stock.
Health authorities are conducting tests on the vaccine.
Initial investigations reveal that the hospital stringently followed all
the rules in place for preserving the vaccines and sterilizing needles.
It vaccinated 11 other babies from the same batch but they are fine.
Dr Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha of the Pasteur Institute said the BCG vaccine had
caused no fatalities or serious complications in the last few decades.
This year, in Vietnam, six babies have died and six others developed
serious complications after getting shots of vaccines against rabies,
hepatitis B, and other diseases made both in Vietnam and abroad.
Source: Tuoi Tre, Nguoi Lao Dong - Compiled by Tuong Nhi.
BOY IN INTENSIVE CARE AFTER BCG JAB
A 13-year-old boy is in intensive care after a severe allergic reaction to a vaccination at an Aberystwyth school.
On Tuesday, 10 other pupils from Penweddig Comprehensive were also taken to Bronglais Hospital after "adverse effects" to the injections.
Nearly 120 students at the school were being injected with the BCG vaccine, which combats tuberculosis.
A Ceredigion NHS Trust spokesman said it was investigating, and had stopped the batch of vaccine being used.
The trust has named the boy in intensive care as Dominic Hamer. He was said to have had an anaphylactic shock, which is defined as a very sudden serious physical reaction caused by an allergy.
His condition has been described as stable. Three other pupils were all kept in overnight for observation, but the rest were discharged.
The trust has said it is working closely with the school to ensure that pupils and parents receive any information or support they require.
Individual advisory letters have also been issued to pupils.
Brian Thomas, head of corporate services at the trust confirmed the batch of vaccine had been withdrawn.
A statement from the trust said the batch of vaccines used at the school had also been used on Monday without any adverse effects.
A team of four doctors and three nurses had been conducting the vaccinations at Penweddig Comprehensive.
The statement said: "At 12.30pm, nine children presented at the accident and emergency department of Bronglais General Hospital following a suspected adverse reaction to a BCG immunisation.
"Another two pupils attended the department in mid afternoon."
"Following assessment, 10 of the pupils were admitted for observations and one pupil admitted to the intensive care unit."
Source: BBC News, 16th November 2004.
Two Children Die After Vaccination
Two children, including an infant, died after being administered vaccines in a Bihar village, health officials and parents said on Tuesday.
A 20-day-old boy died on Monday, a day after he was administered DPT and BCG vaccines in Kamrauli village of Darbhanga district, about 200 km from Patna.
"My child died a day after he was administered vaccines by health volunteers," the boy's unconsolable mother Neetu Devi said. She said that she took the newborn for vaccination after being persuaded by an immunisation campaign, but it cost his life.
A two-year-old boy in the same village also died after he was administered the vaccines.
His mother Lalita Devi said: "He was healthy before vaccines. But he developed a high fever and showed sign of weakness before he died."
The parents are demanding action against the health officials.
Villagers alleged that health volunteers used infected syringes for the vaccines.
Reports said several children have fallen ill in the village and neighbouring areas in Darbhanga district after vaccines.
Source: The Hindu, 30th December 2008.
Drug Dealer Seized For East China Vaccine Incident
The drug dealer selling problematic vaccines to sicken 300 school students in east China's Anhui Province was caught by police in the provincial capital city of Hefei early Monday morning.
Private dealer Zhang Peng, who was at large since the accident broke out, allegedly sold 3,000 doses of hepatitis A vaccines produced by Pukang Biotech Co. in east China's Zhejiang Province to primary and secondary schools in Dazhuang town of Sixian county. Around 2,500 students were vaccinated with the iffy products on June 16 and 17.
One student was killed and another 300 were sickened and suffering from nausea and breathing difficulties shortly after the vaccination.
Source: China Daily, 4th July 2005.
VAN UK's Comment: I find it interesting that they referred to the drug rep as a 'dealer' - essentially that is all vaccine companies are, drug dealers.
Death of a British Baby After Polio Vaccine
There is a good article on babyworld about the loss of a baby and the stages of grief, written by a mother whose 10 week old baby died after his polio vaccination:
Was it my fault?
This is often one of the first questions a parent will ask after the death of a child. It is also the one niggling doubt that never leaves you, regardless of how illogical it seems or how many times people assure you that you are not at fault.
Toby died from his polio vaccination. I know it's not my fault. As his mother I believed I was protecting him by having him immunised. Yet even today I blame myself. If I hadn't taken him for his immunisations he would still be alive. If I had questioned the doctor she would not have given him the vaccine and he would still be alive. It is almost as if I need to blame myself because I was his mother and I couldn't protect him.
See http://www.babyworld.co.uk/information/baby/baby_loss/baby_loss1.asp for the full article.
Family Given Compensation 10 Years After Baby Dies From Polio Drops
n a decision aimed at making public authorities more accountable, a city court has directed the Delhi government to pay Rs 2 lakh as compensation to the parents of an infant who died after being administered with Pulse Polio drops in 1999.
The court held that the government was obligated to not only run public health programmes like Pulse Polio, but was also duty bound to protect people from the probable side-effects of the vaccine.
The constitutional obligation of the Government to improve public health is not confined to introducing programmes and administering medicines but extends to protecting a child under such a programme from all the consequential effects, said Additional District Judge (ADJ) Kamini Lau.
Five-month-old Nishu started vomiting after she was vaccinated in Najafgarh on November 21, 1999.
By November 23, her condition deteriorated despite being given medicines earlier at the Government Hospital in Zaffarpur. At 1.30 am, her grandfather Rajpal rushed her to the hospital where, according to the petition, the staff was found sleeping, and despite repeated requests, a doctor was not called. Instead, Rajpal was asked to take the child to the DDU Hospital.
Suffering with acute respiratory distress and diarrhoea, Nishu succumbed on way to the DDU Hospital.
Authorities cannot shun their legal responsibility in case a person falls sick or loses life after being administered with medicines, for not only the improvement of public health but also the protection of life is the primary duty of the government, ADJ Lau said.
The court also criticised the condition of government hospitals in the Capital and asked the government to improve it.
In any programme of immunisation involving administration of drops, the possibility of side-effects cannot be ruled out and it is necessary for the government to gear up its machinery to meet such an eventuality, ADJ Lau said.
Rajpal led the legal fight on behalf of the childs parents, accusing the government of negligence.
As many as six other children had fallen sick after being given the polio drops during that period, indicating that something was wrong with the vaccination programme.
Challenging the petition, the government had said there was neither any negligence in treating the child nor any fault with the vaccinations in view of the report submitted by a high-powered committee formed to look into the death of the child.
ADJ Lau, however, observed that the facts on record spoke volumes about the circumstances that led to the death of the infant.
Taking strong exception to the manner in which the episode was followed by the government agencies, the judge said: Was it not necessary for the government to have instituted a high-level probe rather than conducting eyewash investigations on the complaint of Rajpal? This was necessary to reinforce the faith of the public in government programmes meant for their welfare.
ADJ Lau further questioned the governments promise to provide adequate health measures to everyone and said: Why under these circumstances does the government not gear up its machinery to meet emergencies like the one in the present case?
The court further held that the programme was conducted in a casual manner as not even the vials of the polio vaccines were preserved for an in-depth inquiry at later stages.
By Utkarsh Anand, Express India, 5th January 2009.
DPT Poisoning Blamed For Infant's Death
HE CONTROVERSIAL combined vaccine commonly known as DTP (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis) has been blamed for the sudden death of a six-week-old infant at Windhoeks Katutura Hospital, after the infant suffered brain damage and died less than 24 hours after his vaccination.
Zameer Moin Mohammad Chania (6 weeks old) died on January 9 after receiving polio 1 + DPTP 1 vaccination at Windhoeks Robert Mugabe Clinic. A toxicological examination conducted at Rhino Park Hospital suggested toxicity due to contaminated or expired vaccines.
A prominent Windhoek Paediatrician consulted for comment on the possible effects of DTP on infants said that the pertussis component of DTP had not been linked to infant deaths before, but would not rule out other adverse side effects.
I believe that it was very likely the vaccine that caused the excessive crying. Although rare, it is a known effect of the vaccine. However, afterwards, a number of factors were involved and one cannot single out only one of them as the cause of death, he said.
The Ministry of Health has launched an investigation into the deaths. We need to look at the batch numbers of the vaccines and see what really went wrong, said Ministry of Health and Social Services Gladys Kambo. Kambo said ministry officials were monitoring some babies to observe side effects of the vaccine.
According to his mother Linda Mohammad Chania, Zameer received pink polio drops and an injection in the thigh at 11h00, and began crying uncontrollably for the entire day until 21h00, when he suddenly stopped breathing.
I cannot understand, my happy baby kicking in the water in the morning dead by night, said a heartbroken Chania. Why do we only get this information (about possible toxicity of DTP) after the deaths of our children?
Zameer was rushed to Katutura Hospital, where a certain Dr La Grange examined him and determined that he was well nourished and not chronically ill. Zameer then became irritable and unresponsive to stimulation, after which he suffered an episode of seizures.
Around 22h00, he stopped breathing, and nurses tried to resuscitate him with several doses of adrenalin, but his pulse remained low and fluctuating.
The babys colour kept on changing and became paler, his pupils were not responding and he became very weak, said Chania.
Blood started rushing down his nose, and deep down I knew that it was close to the end.
I kept telling the doctor that he was a healthy six-week-old baby until this morning, the more she tried to explain to me that his brain is damaged and he is not going to survive.
Zameer died at 02h00 the following morning, after more than two hours of attempted resuscitation. His autopsy noted an adverse reaction to the DTP vaccine, but his mother found no solace in consulting Windhoeks finest paediatricians and Government officials.
How can it be possible that a vaccination supposed to save our childrens lives can kill my child? Other innocent babies are dying, and the medical board and Government do not want to stop. They must stop and I want justice, said Chania.
The Ministry of Health has reportedly appointed Dr Norbet Forster to lead investigations into the recent deaths of infants, and establish the cause of adverse reactions to DTP vaccinations. Dr Foster is currently consulting with principals in primary healthcare.
Medical authorities have banned DTP in Japan and replaced it with DTaP in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and several other developed countries. The impediment for most developing countries has been the cost of getting the more secure accelular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine. The United States government, after decades of protest against the use of the problematic DTP, approved DTaP as a replacement for the DTP combination vaccine. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, researchers in the US and Europe found that DTP was the most likely of any vaccine to cause reactions, seizures, redness of the skin and high pitched crying in infants after vaccination.
In most developed countries, DTP has been replaced with the more effective but higher priced (DTaP) vaccine and parents have been advised to ensure that children receive DTaP rather than DTP, which has been shown to have side effects that are more adverse.
In Windhoek, three other babies are said to have died on January 9 after receiving similar DTP polio vaccinations at Katutura Hospital, with several similar deaths also reported in the North.
Source: Informante, 4 February 2009, written by Tawanda Kanhema.
South African Government Is Investigating Deaths After DPT Vaccine
THE Permanent Secretary for Health and Social Services Kahijoro Kahuure has confirmed that the government is conducting investigations into the deaths of infants after vaccination with the Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTP) vaccine.
At a press conference held to address concerns over the alleged adverse side effects of the vaccine, Kahuure said samples of the vaccine used on baby Zameer Mohammad Chania who died less than 24 hours after receiving DTP on January 9, 2009 been sent for tests at laboratories in South Africa.
Even though it is not proven that the deaths were in any way caused by vaccination, we extend our condolences to the families who lost their babies, said Kahuure.
Zameers parents, who attended the press conference were outraged by Kahuures attempts in his statement to attribute the babys death to medication he received at home to ease the pain after he had cried for more than 7 hours.
They are trying to shift the blame and say I gave medicines that could cause symptoms, how could they say that? said Linda Mohammed Chania, Zameers mother.
DTP has been at the receiving end of harsh criticism and many developed countries have abandoned it in favour of DTaP which has lesser side effects.
Research conducted into the side effects of the controversial Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTP) vaccine, which has been blamed for the recent deaths of infants in Namibia, shows that the drug has the potential to induce cardio-respiratory complications, brain damage and even death in premature infants.
British Dr HH. Buttram concluded in his research that DTP should not be given to babies in the first 47 days after predicted birth date, meaning that giving DTP at 6 weeks still carries the risk of causing breathing to stop, especially in premature babies.
Information collected on the side effects of DTP by the Parents of Vaccine Damaged Children, a British organisation, confirmed Buttrams findings, and further showed that the most adverse reactions were within 24 hours of vaccination.
In 65% of the cases referred to us, reactions followed the triple vaccine (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus). The children in this group total 182 to date, all are severely brain damaged, some are also paralysed and 5 have died, wrote Rosemary Fox, Secretary of PVDC in the British Medical Journal.
Approximately 60% of reactions occurred within 24 hours of vaccination, 80% within 3 days, and all within 12 days, she added.
Source: Written by By Tawanda Kanhema from Informante, 11 February 2009.
3 Year Old Dies After Vaccination
Authorities said emergency units responded to a home on Wright Street in Madison Friday morning, where they found 3-year-old Amaya M. Walker unresponsive.
Authorities said the girl was taken to St. Mary's Hospital where she was pronounced dead just before noon on Saturday.
According to Coroner John Stanley, autopsy results ruled out any physical injuries relating to the girl's death. More tests will be needed to determine the cause of death.
Joe Reyes lives next door to the girl's great grandmother, where emergency crews responded Friday. Reyes told 27 News Amaya had appeared healthy in recent days.
"She was happy, jumping around like any normal kid. She was a really nice girl, wonderful girl."
Reyes said Amaya had some sort of reaction to receiving required immunizations recently. But Reyes said he believed the child's adverse reaction was only temporary.
Officials with the Madison school district's Head Start program told 27 News Amaya Walker was enrolled in the program just days before her death. The program for three and four year olds requires proof of immunizations and a physical examination within thirty days of enrollment.
Source: 27 News, 9 February 2009.
2 Day Old Baby Dies After Hep B Vaccination
Following the death of a child in Ha Tinh after getting a hepatitis B shot on March 2, the central province has banned the vaccine until investigators can determine the cause of death.
Six hours after receiving the vaccine, the baby, just two days old, died. Its parents belong to Thach Ha District.
Before the start of the investigation, Dr. Nguyen Van Binh, deputy head of the Department of Health Preventative and Environment suggested that anaphylactic shock could be the cause of death.
He said the vaccine was given to two babies but the other child is stable.
Source: www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn, by N.Quoc, D.Quang - Translated by Anh Dao, 5th March 2009.
The article had an accompanying photo of a child being vaccinated, with a caption stating that anaphalaxis after vaccination was a 'frequent occurance.'
Girl Killed After Rubella Vaccine, 27 Others In Hospital
A girl student died and 27 others were admitted to a hospital after being administered a vaccine against Rubella in Sri Lanka's Matara district, prompting President Mahinda Rajapaksa to order a probe.
Health Ministry official, B Wanninayake, said here that one of the 28 girls, who fell ill and were admitted to a hospital on Thursday after the vaccine reacted, died on Friday morning.
Around 300 students of St Thomas' Girls School in Matara, about 160 km south of Colombo, were administered vaccine on Thursday after which some of them fell ill.
Source: The Hindu, 20th March 2009.
Peshala, Girl Killed By Rubella Vaccine, Was Contraindicated And Doctors Ignored Her Mother's Letter And Told The 12 Year Old To 'Go Home And Breast Feed From Your Mother', Before They Killed Her With The Shot
Peshala, the 12 year old girl vaccinated by force by doctors who pulled on her tie and then jabbed her. She later died.
Peshala Hansani, a 12-year-old student of S. Thomas Girls School, Matara becoming a victim following a vaccination programme against Rubella, alarmed the entire nation posing a threat to the higher health standards maintained by the country as the tug of war between health authorities continues, even after a week, as to what caused the death of Peshala.
She was our only child and was precious to us. I even monitored the food she ate with such great concern and I can swear that she was not diagnosed for any serious illnesses. There were a few occasions she was given medicine for fever and the only health issue she had was the allergy to dairy products and the wheeze, said Kalyani fighting back the tears.
She never went out to play with other children. This was something that she missed in life as she used to get the wheeze when was in contact with dust, so she stayed out of sports but she was very good in other extracurricular activities. She had won many prizes for her inborn talent in speech, poetry and literature. She even did batik and fabric painting in addition to drawing, Kalyani told us with sadness in her eyes.
I was concerned about my only child and my maternal instincts somehow were not agreeable to the vaccination. So I put an appointment with the doctor for my daughter to be vaccinated against Rubella on the coming Sunday (22) at the MOH office in my presence, she said.
Since she was very worried about her daughter she had taken the child to another female doctor who assured her that not a single medical officer will vaccinate a child disregarding the childs health concerns.
Finally, I wrote a letter to the medical officer citing all her health conditions and her allergies. I pleaded with him to take all those into consideration before deciding whether she should be vaccinated or not. I said it like that because I sent a similar letter to the medical officer who came to vaccinate school children against tetanus last year. She was given a shot against tetanus a week before the programme and that medical officer after reading my letter had told my daughter she need not get vaccinated. Unfortunately this time my daughter was forced to get vaccinated, she alleged.
A friend of Peshala who wished to be anonymous in fear that she will be ill-treated in school said that she was right throughout with Peshala until she was vaccinated because she was visibly worried.
Peshala was right in front of the line we were in but she let others get vaccinated first and ultimately was the last to go to the doctor. I waited to accompany her to the classroom even though I was already vaccinated. She tried to give the letter which was clipped to her vaccination card but the doctor didnt pay much attention to it. Then Peshala said she got the wheeze but the doctor said it is not a big deal (hathiyath ledakda lamayo.) Finally she said that she is allergic to dairy products. To this the doctor said if she is allergic to dairy products ask her mother to breast feed her when she returned home (kiri kema allergic nam meka gahala gedara gihin mawkiri bonna.) and vaccinated her after pulling her near by her tie, the friend explained.
The friend also alleged that several other children who refused to get vaccinated because their parents had not wanted them to, were forced to get vaccinated.
Peshalas mother and several other parents alleged that she was not rushed to the hospital as soon as she complained of chest pains and breathing difficulties.
Her friends who came for the funeral said that Pehala had walked back to the class room showing no signs of pain but after a moment she had crushed the vaccination card in pain and had pulled her friends tie and complained that she was having chest pains. At that moment a medical officer had come and washed her face with water and told others not to worry as she might be feeling dizzy. Then he had gone upstairs to attend to two other students who had complained of similar discomforts. On his way back he had noticed that the condition of my daughter was not good and then only had the school authorities taken her to the hospital, Kalyani said.
According to the Director of the Matara General Hospital, Dr. Aruna Jayasekara, Peshala was admitted to the hospital around 11.15 in the morning in a critical condition.
When she was taken into the hospital her brain was already dead and the pulsing and breathing too had stopped. Even though we attempted to give her artificial respiration and get her pulse back to normal, it was useless. She was not responding to any of the treatments, Dr. Jayasekara said.
Source: The Nation On Sunday.
Total Stupidity From WHO - They Must Think Parents Are Idiots
According to a report from WHO, the rubella vaccine did not kill 12 year old Peshala:
Two Specialists Doctors attached to the World Health Organization(WHO) who conducted an Inquiry on the Rubella Vaccine related Death in Sri Lanka stated in their report that the given Rubella Vaccine did not cause the Girl Student's Death. Girl Student Died due to the Shock caused by the Allergic Reaction she was having at the time Report stated.
Source: groundreport.com/WHO, 31 March 2009.
VAN UK'S Comment: Yes she died of an allergic reaction, to the vaccine! It is totally ridiculous to suggest it wasn't the vaccine that killed her when she was having a reaction to that vaccine, i.e. a vaccination death!
4 Year Old Dies After Oral Polio Vaccine
Barely a few hours after being administered the Oral Polio Vaccine at a Pulse Polio booth, a four-year-old child died on Sunday.
Ashish, was reportedly suffering from Grade-IV malnutrition and authorities claimed the death could have been a coincidence. The police have, however, registered a case. A postmortem will be conducted on Monday at the RML Hospital, said officials of health department, adding that the Union Health Ministry had been informed and a committee comprising officials from the Drug Control Authority would be looking into the matter.
Though we have very little doubt that the vaccine lead to the childs death, we are investigating the matter. The inquiry committee will soon submit its report, said Dr C M Kaneju, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Pulse Polio Programme.
The child was given OPV at the Todapur Aanganwadi Centre along with 150 other childrenamong them was Ashishs younger brother. All children were given drops from the same vial and none of them have reported any side effect. We are monitoring their condition, said Professor Kiran Walia, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Delhi.
Source: Indian Express, 25 May 2009
2 Month Old Dies In Her Mother's Arms Hours After Vaccination
A two-month-old baby girl died in her mother's arms yesterday morning, hours after having her first vaccination but an autopsy has revealed that she was smothered, police said.
Baby Cindy Apithy was bleeding from the nose and mouth when she died.
Her parents insisted yesterday that the child's death was caused by the vaccine, although the autopsy stated that she was smothered.
Police believe baby Cindy was accidentally crushed on the bed she shared with her mother and two-year-old sister.
Natalie James said: "I know what happened to my baby. I woke up several times to take care of the baby because she was crying. They trying to cover it up."
James said she woke to check on her baby around 2 a.m. when she noticed blood oozing from the child's nose and mouth. "I took her for a check up at the health centre, but I did not know they were going to give her a shot. I told the doctor that my older child had her first shot at three months, but they insisted. I never had a problem with my older daughter," she said.
James said her baby developed a fever soon after.
"I gave her the medicine the doctors prescribed but she was only crying and crying, I did not know what to do because she was getting stiff," she cried.
James, who lives at Lamont Street Ext, Longdenville, said when her baby began bleeding, she wrapped her in a blanket and ran through the streets begging for help. "I began screaming for someone to take me to the hospital because we had no transport. I went to a bar and a woman carried me to the health centre," she said.
By the time she arrived at the Chaguanas Health Centre, the baby was already dead, James said.
"I am blaming the doctors for this because my child was good. I feel the injection was too strong. I am going to file a complaint after the autopsy," she said.
Paediatrician Dr Beni Balkaran said the baby's death may not have been caused by the vaccine. Balkaran said: "Bleeding through the mouth and nose is not an adverse effect of the vaccine. The only way a baby would die from a vaccine would be if he suffers an allergic reaction and even that would not cause bleeding."
The child's 38-year-old father, Abenigo Apithy, an electrical technician, intends to seek legal advice, James said. "He is really distraught over our baby's death. We do not live together because of his work but he works really hard to care for his children," she said.
Source: Trinidad and Tobago Express, 3rd June 2009.
VAN UK's Comment: There is medical literature which shows that vaccines can cause scurvy, which causes bleeding in the eyes, nose and mouth. For more details, see SIDS and vaccines page.
More Sri Lankan Girls Sick After Rubella Vaccine
A group of school girls in Matara were admitted to the hospital following the administration of rubella vaccine.
Hospital sources said that several students in Mahamaya Girls School in Matara have been admitted to the hospital experiencing severe headaches and other symptoms after the vaccination.
However, they are not in a life threatening condition, the hospital confirmed.
In mid March a 12-year-old school girl, Peshala Hansanai of the Matara St. Thomas Girls School died and 26 more students fell ill following administration of Rubella vaccine.
Following the incident, the government has temporarily suspended the school rubella vaccination program. The program was later recommenced in May under the guidance of World Health Organization.
Source: Colombo page, 19th June 2009.
My 1 Year Old Grandson is DEAD After Vaccines Without His Mother's Consent - Help Needed
Friday October 2, 2009 my daughter took her youngest son Chris to the pediatrican for a 1 yr check. Chris is a special needs child.
At 6 months he was given vaccines and within 24 hours began having serious seizures.
Friday, he came in with a fever, coughing and runny nose. The nurse by the peds orders came in without asking, without signatures,and gave him a flu shot, adding 5 other shots with it.
My daughter was so angry -- she asked why she did this, when she told them he was already sick and the serious reactions from his past vaccinations. She said" it was no big deal, its not going to hurt him."
NO SIGNATURE, NO DISCLAIMER. NO PERMISSION FOR AN ACTION TO WHICH THE PARENTS HAD ALREADY SAID NO.
As of this morning, Chris was dead.
I AM MAD AS HELL AND I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE
I am on my way to Michigan by tomorrow and you know what,.
I want some sort of names, phones, attorneys and anyone we can find to sue this scum for what they have done.
I spoke to a hospital nurse today and she happens to have a special needs child herself and she said, "take names, get records".
This is all I am going to say besides how sorry I am and how sick I am how they have treated this family.
THIS IS OBAMACARE IN ACTION KILLING CHILDREN, VACCINES WITHOUT REASON, AND ENDING THE LIVES OF HANDICAPPED CHILDREN.
ANY SUPPORT, SUGGESTIONS OR OTHERWISE FOR US PLEASE CONTACT ME.
ELIZABETH WALLACE firstname.lastname@example.org
Another Girl Dead and others Sick After Rubella Vaccine
Another school girl who was administrated with rubella vaccine has died last night after being admitted to Kurunegala hospital.
According to the police, three students from Wariyapola area has been admitted to Kurunegala hospital last evening due to severe headaches and other symptoms after administration of rubella vaccine.
One of the students who has been admitted to Intensive Care Unit immediately due to her serious condition, later died, hospital sources confirmed. The other two girls have been discharged after treatments.
In mid March a 12-year-old school girl, Peshala Hansanee of St. Thomas Girls School in Matara died and 26 others fell ill following administration of rubella vaccine.
Following the incident, the government temporarily suspended the school rubella vaccination program and later recommenced in May under the guidance of World Health Organization.
Source: Colombopage news desk, Sri Lanka, 13 October 2009.
Another report on the death of 13 Year Old in Sri Lanka From Rubella Vaccine
Last week we heard the tragic death of yet another school girl, Ashanti Wasana (13) of Minuwangete Maha Vidyalaya, Wariyapola following the Rubella vaccination. It was seven months ago on March 19 that the first death following Rubella vaccination was reported from Matara. The victim then was Peshala Hansini (12), a student of St. Thomas Girls College, Matara.
In both cases the immediate reaction of the authorities was the same. They blurted out drab statistics to show that everything was normal. It is said that the casualty rate following Rubella vaccination is one in a million or so. (So, why worry?) True. Yet is that the way to react?
Taking their own statistics, we find the casualty rate in Sri Lanka much higher. It is up to the authorities to generalise. From the point of view of a lay observer there must be something wrong somewhere. Either the vaccine was sub-standard or it was not stored properly leading to contamination. Or else, there was something wrong in its administration - either necessary precautions including a proper diagnose of the health condition of the child was not made or some other medical negligence had taken place. The exact reason could be known after a full investigation.
Among the excuses blurted out by the Spokesman is the fact that it was not mandatory to indicate the date of manufacture or date of expiry in the vaccines or in the packaging. He even cited examples from foreign countries. However, how credible his assertions were is a debatable question.
He admitted that the vaccines currently in use do not have the date of manufacture marked but ensured that only those that have the date of manufacture marked will be imported for next year. This raises the question why such vaccines were imported at all. Reputed manufacturers mark both the date of manufacture and the date of expiry on their products including vaccines. This is essential as every product has a maximum life span, for no product could be used eternally. In the case of Rubella vaccines it is about two years from the date of manufacture.
The callous attitude of the authorities is seen from another incident, also related to rubella vaccination. A Health Ministry spokesman told the media last week that the first Rubella death was due to negligence of the provincial authorities and a charge sheet was delivered to the responsible officer on October 12. That is almost seven months later. The authorities had to wait till another death to charge those responsible for the first accident.
It is the height of irresponsibility and criminal negligence of the higher authorities that they waited so long and for another death to occur. What is worse is the attempt to exonerate themselves from the blame by referring to bureaucratic delays and trade union pressure. This is conduct most shameful and despicable.
No one should find cover behind statistics or administrative difficulties in matters that concern life and death. They should, first of all be humane. The principle to be followed should be One death is too many.
Mistakes could happen, for no one is infallible. The first thing to do when a mistake occurs, however, is to admit it and then to ensure that it does not happen again.
Source: Daily News, Sri Lanka's Daily newspaper, 19 October 2009.
8 Year Old Boy Dies After Flu Vaccine
The state Department of Health is investigating the unexpected death of an 8-year-old boy at Stony Brook University Hospital on Sunday, Oct. 11.
The boy reportedly from Kings Park, although Claudia Hutton in the DOH Office of Public Relations in Albany would not confirm that or the boy's name had been admitted to St. Catherine's of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown days before and transferred to the tertiary-level SBUH on Oct. 8. He was eventually removed from life support and died Sunday.
Reports published since the incident have implied a possible connection between the death and a flu shot the boy received the week before his death.
"He did not have flu," Hutton said. "He did not die as a reaction to the vaccine. Some sort of virus went through him," she speculated, since tests were not to be completed by DOH before the end of this week at the soonest. Hutton said the parents requested no autopsy be performed.
Hutton explained that an adverse reaction to a vaccine in this case the boy received a seasonal flu vaccination, not an H1N1 shot usually occurs "within hours if it happens at all," so the fact that the boy's hospitalization occurred five days later makes a connection highly unlikely.
Source: Times Beacon Record, 21 October 2009.
VAN UK's Comment: Scientists are well aware of the latent phase which has been described in medical journals since the 1930's. The NHS also say that a child is most likely to 'react' to MMR 10-14 days later, so they know reactions do happen later.
Lily Got Seizure Disorder and Died After 'Immunizations'
Lily Doherty loved to wave.
She would shake her hand at anyone who wandered by.
But when her leg began to shake, and then her head, and finally, her entire body, her mother knew something was horribly wrong.
The seizures began eight days after Lily's second set of immunizations. A third set of immunizations made the seizures worse, her mother says, until Lily died on Oct. 11, 2002.
She no longer vaccinates her surviving two children.
"Some might say I'm just being hysterical," Stephanie Lee said recently at her Finlayson home. "Well, I guess that's my option. If I've already had one die, how many other parents would say, 'oh, let's line the other two up?'"
Source: Eyewitness News, 15 November 2009.
Disaplinary Action to be Taken Against Medics Who Vaccinated Contraindicated Girl, Who Then Died As a Result
Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday instructed National Drugs Control Authority Chairman Dr. Hemantha Benaragama to take disciplinary action against the medical staff of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital who had allegedly not done enough to save the life of a school girl at Wariyapola. The victim died at the hospital after rubella vaccination was administered to her on October 12.
Minister de Silva also instructed Dr. Benaragama to submit a report on the death of the 12-year-old girl Ashanti Wasana Prematilaka of the Minuwangetta Maha Vidyalaya who succumbed to complications developed after the rubella vaccination.
Ministry spokesman W.M.D. Wanninayaka said the initial inquiry conducted by the Investigation Division of the Ministry had found there had been negligence on the part of the medical staff who attended to the girl.
It has been revealed that the Wariyapola MOH failed to check the girl before the vaccination even after the parents had informed him the girl was allergic to injections. They have not given the girl the necessary drugs that had been stored in the Emergency Tray even after the victim had developed Anaphylactic Shock following the vaccination, Wanninayaka said.
The Minister will take strict disciplinary action against those if found guilty of medical negligence, he said. The suspended school rubella vaccination programme will be resumed after tests carried out on the rubella vaccines being carried out at a prestigious medical laboratory in Canberra, Australia are reported he said
Wanninayaka added suppliers of injections which contained rubber band and pieces of plastic would be blacklisted before a formal inquiry.
Source: Daily Mirror, 26 November 2009.
8 Year Old Boy Dies After MMR and DPT Vaccines, Parents Make Official Complaint That They Were Not Warned of The Dangers of Vaccination
The National Ombudsman, Alex Brenninkmeijer, will
investigate complaints of parents whose 8-year old son is deceased
after being vaccinated with the MMR-called DTP. That made the
ombudsman said Tuesday.
The National Institute for Health and Environment (RIVM), the parents
have not properly informed about the complications that can occur
after a vaccination. "They also complain about the RIVM the link
between the vaccination and the death of their son has been studied
insufficiently independent," says Brenninkmeijer.
The family Hagoort out on March 9, 2009 Barendrecht had watched their
eight year old son Freek three days after an MMR-DTP vaccination and death.
Meanwhile there is already much attention to the sudden death of
Fletch, so devoted to TV A Day on May 22 this year a report on this
matter. Also there is now a website of the foundation know more about
2 Month Old Baby Dies After Hep B, DPT, oral Polio Vaccines
A two-month-old baby girl died a day after she was administered oral pulse polio drops along with Hepatitis B vaccine and DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus) vaccine at a health post in Bhandup, on Saturday morning. The family of the infant, Dhrushti Pingle, alleged that the death was caused by the vaccines.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporations immunization in charge Dr Mangala Gomare confirmed the death but said it could be due to other reasons. It could be an adverse event following immunization. Right now we cannot comment whether it is related or just a co-incidence. It is true that the baby was healthy before the immunization, however, only after we get the post mortem reports, can we be sure about the cause of death.
The family alleged that Dhrushtis death was due to the vaccines. She was a healthy baby. At 11 pm on Saturday she suddenly started crying while playing and her nose started bleeding too. We rushed her to Rajawadi Hospital around 3 am on Sunday but she died early in the morning, said Pandurang Patil, Dhrushtis uncle.
Source: Indian Express, 7th December 2009.
18 Year Old Killed By Gardasil Vaccine
Rhonda Renata is in no doubt about what caused the death of her daughter Jasmine.
The 18-year-old died last September 22 at her family home in Upper Hutt, apparently in her sleep.
Her grieving mother is still waiting for official answers on what happened to Jasmine but she doubts the medical investigations will provide them.
Her own inquiries have led her to cases overseas which she considers similar to Jasmine's clutch of symptoms before she died.
In the United States, it has been alleged more than 10 deaths are linked to Gardasil.
Several lawsuits have been filed relating to paralysis of teenage girls, one of whom died.
She recalls her last night with Jasmine, which was the day she passed her restricted driver's licence.
"She was really over the moon that day; she was quite stoked with herself."
Jasmine picked her mother up from work and they went shopping and ate together before heading home.
"She gave me a hug and a kiss and said, 'I love you'. I said, 'Love you too' and she went to bed."
The next afternoon, Mrs Renata went to pick up Jasmine from work, but learned she had been absent. She found her dead in bed in her sleep-out.
She describes Jasmine as previously bubbly, happy and healthy.
But this began to change about a month after the first Gardasil dose in September 2008.
She progressively developed pains in various parts of her body, had an episode of her heart racing, weak arms, tingling in her hands and legs, and became tired and irritable.
Jasmine had been having three-monthly injections of the contraceptive Depo-Provera but had not had any difficulties with that or the meningococcal-B vaccine.
Source: nzherald.co.nz, by Martin Johnston, 9 January 2010.
Parents of Baby Killed By DPT Vaccine Create Riot Outside Police Station (Good For Them!)
Following the death of a two-and-half-month old newly born child after he was allegedly administered the wrong DPT (Diphtheria Tetanus
Pertussis) vaccine by an ANM at the PHC in Bidhnoo, relatives of the deceased created ruckus outside Bidhnoo police station here on Thursday.
They demanded the officials at the Bidhnoo police station to register an FIR against the ANM, Reena Pandey, who had allegedly administered the vaccine.
The victim, Chotu, son of Shyam Sunder Shukla, a resident of Bidhnoo, Madarsa later died in the night. As the death news reached the village, locals gathered in front of the Bidhnoo police station on Thursday morning and demanded immediate arrest of the ANM, Reena Pandey. The police officials, however, requested the protesters to maintain peace and assured them of prompt action in the case.
"Relatives of the victim have submitted a written complaint against the accused. The ANM has not yet been arrested. The body of the victim has been sent for an autopsy," said a police official at the Bidhnoo police station. The police said they are now awaiting the post-mortem examination report for further investigation.
The chief medical officer Dr Ashok Mishra said: "A team that was sent to the village conducted a probe, in this regard and discovered that the child was suffering from pneumonia." We will then also investigate the matter, added another senior district health official while talking to TOI.
2 Year Old Dies After Polio Drops
A two-year-old boy died soon after polio drops were administered to him at a polio immunisation camp at a school here as part of a state-wide immunisation drive, the District Collector said today.
The boy, Vijai, had been admitted to hospital on January 3 for wheezing and was subsequently treated and discharged. He was given polio drops yesterday at the camp and went about playing, but soon developed wheezing problems again and died, District Collector Sugandh told reporters.
Immediately after his death, the polio immunisation camp at the school was stopped and samples of the batch sent for examination. The expiry date was checked and was found to be within the time limit, she said.
Source: Press Trust of India, 11 January 2010.
Five Deaths in Sri Lanka and They've Suspended Pentavalent Vaccine
Two months after being introduced nationwide, the health ministry has alerted all hospitals to immediately stop vaccinating infants with the pentavalent vaccine, because it may have side effects.
The circular, which was sent on October 23, states,
the use of pentavalent vaccine should be stopped immediately due to some side effects. All adverse events following on immunisation (AEFI) must be strengthened, reported and investigated.
The ministrys media spokesperson, Kado Zangpo, said that, while the investigation is on, health centres will continue to immunise infants the way it was done before the introduction of pentavalent vaccine. We have asked the world health organisation to come and do the investigations, said the spokesperson.
Pentavalent vaccine was introduced to protect infants against pneumonia, one of the leading causes of death in children under 15 years in Bhutan, and meningitis. Its a combination of vaccines against diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis), tetanus, hepatitis-B and the haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) germ.
Details regarding the side effects are, however, sketchy. The ministry will be briefing the press with more details today at 2:00 pm, said health officials.
Doctors say that no vaccine is free of side effects and that they change when vaccines are combined. Vaccines generally cause pain in the place of injection, swelling, redness, irritability and fever. Some are serious like allergies and can be fatal, say doctors.
Bhutan received a total of 30,200 pentavalent vaccines from the global alliance for vaccine initiative (GAVI), which can vaccinate 1,100 babies. In a year, about 13,600 newborns are immunised across the country.
All unused vaccines will be collected by the ministrys cold van, according to the circular. But, while some district hospitals have collected their unused stock of pentavalent vaccines, in some, the collection is still on.
Pemagatshel, for example, which received 300 doses, has a leftover of 180 ready to be returned. But, Trashigang, one of the largest districts, is still collecting vaccines from health units in the far-flung areas.
Last year in April, Sri Lanka withdrew the pentavalent vaccine as a precautionary measure, following five reports of fatal AEFIs and 20 reports of non-fatal AEFIs. However, the report of the WHO expert panel that reviewed the data found no evidence of a relationship between the pentavalent vaccine and any of the five deaths reported. The vaccine remains on the list of WHO prequalified vaccines and Sri Lanka resumed the vaccination from this year.
This is the first time, a vaccine has been stopped in Bhutan since the extended program for immunisation (EPI) was launched in 1979.
Side effects of pentavalent vaccine
Non-fatal AEFIs, described as hypotonic-hypo responsive episode (HHE), are a recognised adverse reaction to such vaccines. HHE is characterised by sudden onset of reduced muscle tone, hypo responsiveness and pallor or cyanosis, a condition in which the skin becomes bluish because of a lack of oxygen in the blood.
Studies have shown that HHE lasts for a short period and has no long-term consequences for the child. In Sri Lanka, a hyper-response was observed in a number of children, who were given the vaccination.
Source: Kuensel Online, 28 October 2009, by Sonam Pelden.
Shipley family believes fits were triggered by measles jab
Tragic mum Tracy Swatton could have died from a fatal fit brought on by a one-in-20 million reaction to a jab she had when she was four, her family believe.
The 37-year-old was found on the bedroom floor by her husband Tom when he came home from work.
Her sudden death has left her family distraught.
Her mum, Jean Green, of Briggate, Shipley, said her happy go lucky daughter had been blighted by epilepsy ever since she had a measles jab.
Despite medical research finding no statistical connections between measles jabs and epilepsy, the family are convinced her jab triggered it.
Former Telegraph & Argus columnist Dr Tom Smith said it would have been such a rare reaction that the chances of it happening would have been one in 20 million.
The fact that her symptoms began six days after the jab meant it could be a possibility, he said, even though the onset year of childhood epilepsy is four.
Typically any reaction to the measles vaccine, usually a fine rash and slight fever, happens six days to the hour of it being given.
The chances of it triggering epilepsy are so small, that it must be about one in 20 million, said Dr Smith.
Mrs Green said: Tracy was perfectly healthy until five or six days after the jab when she started flickering her eyes and the fits followed. Weve always blamed the jab for it. Even the doctors advised her not to let her sons have measles jabs.
Doctors put her on medication after the epilepsy was diagnosed but the fits continued throughout her life in 2005 she was hospitalised when she had 197 fits in a week.
More recently her fits had decreased to two a week, said Mrs Green.
Only the day before she died wed been laughing and joking together. She hadnt been feeling too good for a few days and had been to see her doctor. When her husband Tom went to work that morning shed taken her tablets and gone back to bed but when he came home he found her on the floor.
Source: The Telegraph and Argus, by Kathie Griffiths, 1st February 2010.
Two Babies a Year Die From Vaccines in the UK
TWO children a year die after routine vaccinations, research has shown.
In some cases the Government has awarded parents up to £100,000 under its Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979. In others, post mortem examinations concluded that the injection was the most likely cause of death.
The figures, compiled by vaccine damage support group Jabs, come in the wake of last months decision by the General Medical Council that Dr Andrew Wakefield, who sparked the MMR controversy, acted dishonestly and irresponsibly. The research also found that it has become more difficult to get compensation for vaccine damage despite no drop in the number of children being affected.
There were 970 payments made between 1979 and 1994, about 65 a year, to parents of damaged children.
Since then there have been only 28 payments, approximately two successful claims a year. Critics say this is because the criteria for making a claim have become so strict. Peter Fletcher, former chief scientific officer for the Department of Health, is demanding an overhaul of the payment system.
He said: We need to point out in easy language that vaccines have always had a level of adverse effects.
However, it is hard to meet the standard of proof to win compensation and awards have been miserly.
Julie Roberts, 40, whose daughter Stacey died after an MMR jab, said: The Government should take responsibility. It has never given proper warnings of the risk and still doesnt despite the evidence.
Source: The Express, 7 February 2010
VAN UK'S Comment: The 2 deaths a year are only the number of cases that win compensation, which is almost impossible to do and the number of reported reactions is about 10% of the actual figure so the death rate will be much higher.
77 Babies out of 2871 Die in BCG Vaccine Trial, Which is then Stopped. No Charges Brought Against Researchers
Objective To determine whether BCG revaccination at 19 months of age reduces overall child mortality.
Design Randomised trial, with follow-up to age 5.
Setting A health project in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, which maintains a health and demographic surveillance system in an urban area with 90 000 inhabitants.
Participants 2871 children aged 19 months to 5 years with low or no reactivity to tuberculin and who were not severely sick on the day of enrolment.
Intervention BCG vaccination or no vaccination (control).
Main outcome measure Hazard ratios for mortality.
Results 77 children died during follow-up. Compared with controls, the BCG revaccinated children had a hazard ratio of 1.20 (95% confidence interval 0.77 to 1.89). Two hundred and fifty children were admitted to hospital for the first time between enrolment and the end of the study, with an incidence rate ratio for BCG revaccinated children versus controls of 1.04 (0.81 to 1.33). The trial was stopped prematurely because of a cluster of deaths in the BCG arm of the study. This increase in mortality occurred at a time when many children had received missing vaccinations or vitamin A or iron supplementation; the hazard ratio for BCG revaccinated children compared with controls was 2.69 (1.05 to 6.88) in the period after these campaigns. Throughout the trial, the effect of BCG revaccination on mortality was significantly different (P=0.006) in children who had received diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) booster vaccination before enrolment (hazard ratio 0.36, 0.13 to 0.99) and children who had not received the booster before enrolment (1.78, 1.04 to 3.04).
Conclusions There was no overall beneficial effect of being revaccinated with BCG. The effect of BCG revaccination on mortality might depend on other health interventions.
Source: BMJ 2010;340:c671
Four Children Dead and 74 Seriously Sickened after Vaccination in China
China's Health Ministry is investigating the safety of inoculations in a northern province after a report that defective vaccines possibly killed four children and seriously sickened dozens.
The ministry urged health authorities in Shanxi province to promptly report any abnormal reactions triggered by vaccines, saying "the ministry attaches great importance to this issue and will carry out an investigation immediately," according to a statement posted on its Web site late Wednesday.
The China Economic Times newspaper reported Wednesday that vaccines for encephalitis, hepatitis B, rabies and other diseases administered by government-run clinics were possibly linked to the deaths of four children in 2008 and 2009 and the sickening of at least 74 others in the province.
The newspaper said the four children who died were aged between 8 months and 3 years, and each had convulsions and fever shortly after being vaccinated. Doctors were unable to diagnose their illnesses before the children died.
Other children developed major illnesses such as encephalitis, with some becoming crippled, the report said.
The newspaper cited a former staffer at the provincial center for disease prevention and control as saying the problem could be linked to improper storage: The vaccines were exposed to heat when refrigeration was required.
Source: AZ Central.com, 18 March 2010.
Here's another report on the same incident in China:
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has told the Shanxi health department to conduct an investigation after it was reported on Wednesday that nearly 100 children in the province had died or fell ill after receiving vaccinations at government-designated clinics from 2006 to 2008.
The Shanxi government denied the widely-circulated report and the provincial health department said it had not received reports of mass adverse effects from any vaccination, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing a division chief.
The MOH, in a statement posted on its website, said it has asked the local health department to report the latest situation on any possible adverse reactions to the vaccines.
A report in the China Economic Times on Wednesday, citing Chen Tao'an - a whistleblower who had worked with the provincial center for disease control and prevention (CDC) in 2007 - blamed tainted vaccines for the deaths or disabilities of the children.
According to the report, the local health department in 2006 asked an unqualified private company to supply the vaccines, a practice that law experts said was against national regulations.
Chen blamed abuse of power and corruption by local health authorities but the MOH said it had launched an investigation into the case, which was closed in November 2008. It found that the sampled vaccines met national standards.
But the China Economic Times published what it described was a partial list of vaccine victims aged 2-17.
The four who died after being administered tainted vaccines were 9-month-old Wang Xiao'er and 8-month-old Liu Ziyang from Luliang city; and 3-year-old Wang Shichao and Liu Yi from Yangquan city, the report said.
Children from 74 families were crippled or developed serious diseases such as encephalitis after being vaccinated against hepatitis B, rabies, and type-B encephalitis, it said.
Wang Mingliang, the father of Wang Xiao'er, told the newspaper that his only son died in August 2008, about seven months after being vaccinated against hepatitis B.
The boy had fever and convulsions a week after the vaccination but hospitals in the province and Beijing could not find the cause, he said.
Chen said he believed it was tainted vaccine that caused the child's death.
"Vaccines which should have been kept refrigerated according to regulations were found to be piled up in non-air-conditioned buildings," Chen told the paper.
"Spoiled vaccines should have been destroyed according to regulations on vaccine safety but they were still used," he said.
Law experts said if that proved true, it would be tantamount to a criminal case.
Source: China Daily, 18th March 2010.
Four Babies Dead After Measles Vaccines - Doctor and Nurse Arrested for Culpable Homicide
Four babies have died after being given anti-measles shots at a government vaccination camp in Madhya Pradesh, prompting the arrest of a doctor and a nurse amid fears that expired drugs had been used.
Gaurav Vishwakarma (nine months), Karnika Thakur (11 months) and Rohini (13 months) died yesterday, one day after being given the vaccines at the Anganwadi Kendra camp in Damoh.
Nine-month-old Arman Vishwakarma one of 10 babies hospitalised in a serious condition died this morning, police said.
There was no official word on the vaccines, but Bhopal-based officials of the state governments health and family welfare department, which runs the camps, hinted that the vaccine samples may have been past their expiry dates. The additional district magistrate has been asked to prepare a report on the cause of the deaths.
Victim Gauravs mother Gauri said the babies developed diarrhoea and their health deteriorated rapidly after the vaccine was administered. Gaurav and two others were dead by the time they had been taken to the Damoh district hospital.
I was told a measles vaccination camp was being organised at the kendra. I took my son to the camp where he was administered the vaccine, said Gauri, still struggling to come to terms with the death of her child.
At this time last year, many babies in the Sagar division of the state, of which Damoh is a part, had contracted measles. So, this time, there was enthusiastic response to the vaccination drive. Many families from far-flung areas of the district hired vehicles to travel to the camp.
The arrested doctor-nurse duo, who had given the injections, have been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, said the Damoh additional superintendent of police, Mukesh Shrivastav.
Prima facie, it appears a case of criminal negligence. Action will taken against the officials, as well as the distributor and controller of the vaccine.
Source: The Telegraph, Calcutta, India, 14th March 2010.
Baby Dies after Polio Drops
A day after a six-month-old baby died in Gosaintolla village after being administered polio drops, tension prevailed in the area as locals staged agitation demanding an inquiry into the matter. While the district police seized the vials and registered a case, the state health department has initiated an inquiry into the incident.
"There were 18 babies who were given pulse polio drops on Sunday. The baby in question was doing fine while at the booth. On reaching home, the baby started foaming in the mouth and died," said Sreekanto Roy, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) in Malda.
He added: "We have initiated an investigation into the case and have notified the state health department. The postmortem of the body has been done and we are awaiting the forensic report."
The six-month-old son of a local farmer was accompanied by his elder brother to the booth in Gosaintolla village under Gopalgunj police station area in Kaliachowk. As the news broke out, over hundred villagers laid siege to the booth and staged agitations, while not allowing health workers to leave the booth. The district health officials intimated the police, who went to the spot and rescued the health workers, amid resistance from villagers, said a police officer.
Source: Yahoo News, 16th March 2010.
Parents of Children Killed By Vaccines in China, March to Health Authority to Speak Directly to Health Officials after they Deny the Deaths
STUNG by officials' denials, parents of scores of children who allegedly died or were sickened after getting vaccines are traveling to Shanxi Province's capital city of Taiyuan to tell their stories of misery to investigators from the Health Ministry.
The vaccination accusations were first reported on Wednesday by China Economic Times.
The Shanxi Health Bureau quickly denied the report, saying it checked with 10 children said to be victims and found only one of them had abnormal reactions to the vaccines.
However, China Economic Times soon issued a statement strongly defending itself and saying it had collected enough proof to back up its story.
Disappointed by the way the Shanxi health authorities handled the case, parents said they will go to the provincial capital, Taiyuan City, to tell their stories "face to face" to the investigators to help them learn the truth, one of the parents told Luzhong News.
The parents are coming from Luliang, Gaoping, Linfen and Yuncheng cities, the newspaper said yesterday.
According to the China Economic Times report, two babies and two toddlers in Shanxi died and another 76 became ill after being jabbed against hepatitis B, rabies and Type-B encephalitis.
The vaccines may have been tainted by poor storage and some shots were given in the wrong season, said the report, citing Chen Tao'an, a former official with the Shanxi Province Disease Prevention & Control Center.
Chen told the newspaper complaints to Shanxi health authorities fell on deaf ears.
The vaccines, which should be refrigerated to keep active, were piled up in a building without air-conditioning, even in summer heat, and the truck transporting the vaccines was not cooled, Chen said.
He said he had seen workers sweating in pants while labeling the vaccines in the muggy building.
Center authorities encouraged people to get vaccinated against Type-B encephalitis, a disease spread by mosquitoes, in autumn of 2006 -- the wrong season for the insects, he added.
"Spoiled vaccines should be destroyed according to law rather than put in use on humans," he pointed out.
Chen was removed from his post at the center in July 2005 along with other leading officials of the center. A vaccine distribution unit launched later was headed by Tian Jianguo, who was also the general manager of Huawei Shidai Co -- the unit's only vaccine supplier, Chen said.
Shanxi's health bureau said late on Wednesday that an agency appointed by the state food and drug watchdog tested samples of the stored vaccines, and that they all complied with national standards with no adverse reactions reported.
But an official surnamed Zhao with the Health Ministry's supervising unit denied the bureau's account, saying they only investigated the center's administrative issues, not the vaccines.
The Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday there were no reports of severe side effects on children after receiving vaccinations in the city. Vaccinations in the city are going on as normal.
Source: Shanghai Daily, 20th March 2010.
Death after Vaccination
A federal court ruled recently that mercury in vaccines doesnt cause autism, but parents like Erica Henderson arent buying it.
Henderson and her husband lost their second child when he was six weeks old. He died hours after he received his first immunizations.
She believes her sons death is directly linked to his vaccinations. And her belief is based not only on this experience, she says, but on the adverse reactions of her firstborn shortly after receiving his own vaccinations.
Henderson and her husband are part of the growing anti-vaccine movement, arguing that immunization is linked to a long list of diseases and disabilities, including autism, attention deficit disorder, allergies, paralysis and even death.
Many of these parents decide to keep their children in school even though they dont have the required immunizations.
But how easy is it for them to enroll and provide their kids with the same experiences that every parent wants?
Dennis Roberson, chief of special education services for the Orange County Department of Education, and Nathan Wright, director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute, are on different sides of the immunizations debate, but they agree on at least one thing: There are no legal barriers for parents who want to enroll their unvaccinated children in California public schools.
Read more: http://www.oclnn.com/orange-county/2010-03-23/education/anti-vaccination-parents-can-keep-kids-in-calif-schools#ixzz0kAKcfExT
VAN UK's Comment: This report fails to mention the 4 court hearings that DID link vaccines to ASD
Parents Threatened to Keep Quiet About Vaccine Deaths and Side-Effects
Shortly after Liu Yans four-year-old son, Liu Yi, was bitten by a dog, he did what any responsible parent would do: took his child to the hospital for a vaccination. Two weeks later, after the fourth injection, Liu Yi became violently ill.
The next morning, on Aug. 27, 2008, the boy was taken to First Peoples Hospital in Yangquan city in central Chinas Shanxi province, where he was diagnosed with viral meningitis. Liu Yis condition quickly deteriorated and he died later that afternoon.
Liu Yan blamed the rabies vaccination for his sons death, and according to a searing media report last month, he might not be alone.
"My son was in good health before he got the rabies vaccine," Liu Yan told IPS. "Nobody could clarify why my child got sick."
On Mar. 17, the Beijing-based China Economic Times, a business and finance newspaper published by the state-run Development Research Centre, reported on alleged irregularities and safety concerns within Shanxis immunisation programme.
The expose said that improperly stored vaccines administered by the provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for encephalitis, hepatitis B and rabies between 2006 and 2008 had killed four children and made more than 70 others ill. People were exposed to the faulty vaccinations as late as March 2009.
The six-part series, which took six months to compile and includes interviews with families of 36 victims, has snowballed into a nationwide scandal involving childrens health. The Times alleged that the vaccine provider, Beijing-based Huawei Shidai Co, began charging citizens for vaccines that should have been administered for free, and raised the price of other vaccines.
The report also charges that Li Wenyuan, former Shanxi CDC director, used more than half of the funds from Huaweis initial deposit to buy a new car for his private use.
The scandal came to light after Chen Taoan, a former CDC information office official, told China Economic Times he had seen vaccines provided by Huawei exposed to high temperatures before they were distributed across the province. In one case, Chen saw boxes of vaccines left in a room with no air conditioning while workers labelled them.
"I was shocked," Chen said in an interview with IPS. "It was so hot. The vaccines should be stored in a freezer. How could they be exposed to high temperatures for so long? Its very dangerous."
Chen said he initially filed a report to the Shanxi Provincial Peoples Procuratorate in May 2007, which was ignored. He was removed from his post and put on cleaning duties in early 2009.
Provincial authorities have denied that the vaccinations were unsafe.
On the day of the China Economic Times story, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Li Shukai, the local deputy health director, as saying the allegations were "basically untrue." (The next day, the Times responded with a published announcement on its website stating that the publication "stands by all the facts written in the report.")
On Mar. 22, the provincial government maintained that the vaccines were safe, but admitted that the provincial CDC and Huawei had violated rules.
The local government launched an investigation into the scandal, which was assisted by a group sent by the Ministry of Health and experts from other provinces. A week later, the Chinese Medical Association sent a team of eight experts to Shanxi, Xinhua reported. Meanwhile, the provincial food and drug administration launched an inspection campaign on vaccine quality and safety in late March.
Ju Xianhua, deputy secretary general of the Shanxi government, said at a press conference that vaccines in the province were being "strictly monitored and their quality is guaranteed." He said the province had sent experts to examine the cases of all 15 children named in the news reports.
In response to the Shanxi scandal, the Ministry of Health issued notices defending the quality and safety of vaccines manufactured in China. The countrys top health authority encouraged the public to follow the vaccination programme, which it said was the best way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
China has been hit by several vaccination scandals in recent weeks. Disease control and prevention authorities in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, found after an initial investigation that some children became ill or paralysed after receiving an H1N1 flu vaccine. (Officials said a further investigation was needed for a thorough assessment).
According to the Hong Kong-based Mingpao magazine, one of Jiangsu provinces top vaccine producers, Jiangsu Yanshen Biological Stock Co Ltd, had produced contaminated vaccines that over the years had sickened over one million people. The company has halted production and seven top executives have been arrested on charges of producing and selling fake vaccines.
In Shanxi, parents of six alleged victims travelled to Taiyuan, the provincial capital, to demand an explanation from the local health bureau, the Guangzhou Daily reported. After a meeting with officials was denied, some parents engaged in a brief confrontation with bureau staffers.
"I have not received any compensation," said Jia Haibo of Changzhi city, whose three-year-old daughter, Jia Xiaonu, fell ill with a mysterious case of necrotising fasciitis after receiving a vaccine for mumps in July 2008. She recovered, but still struggles to use her left hand. "I can do nothing but wait for the final results," the father said.
According to media reports, Chen and parents of some of the affected children received threatening text messages in the days following the China Economic Times report. Some messages offered bribes of 50,000 to 100,000 renminbi (7,324 to 14,648 U.S. dollars) for keeping quiet.
Chen confirmed that he has received threats, but does not fear for his safety. "Im happy more and more people are starting to pay attention to this problem."
Source: Health China, 6 April 2010
2 Month old Baby Girl Dies after Polio Drops
A two-month-old baby girl was died of high fever and infection. But its parents have claimed that the child died after taking the polio drops. They have said that the baby died after 48 hours of taking the polio drops. The local civic authorities in Surat have provided the polio medicine.
However, authorities have denied the allegation saying the baby girl was died of high fever.
The girl named Khusbhu of Sriram society at Amroli had high fever and infection. She was then taken to private clinic and later has been forwarded to the civil hospital where she breathes her last. Her parents have given some tablets to control the fever but the condition was so bad to save her as per the hospital officials.
As per the father of the baby, the tablets were given by the health workers. He has accused the health workers of providing outdated vaccines. Then the baby girl has also taken polio drops.
But the Deputy municipal commissioner Hemant Desai of SMC has refused that the vaccine was out dated and also the cause of death is due to the dose of polio drops.
Source: TopNews.in, 2nd May 2010.
8 Month old Dies 2 Hours, 45 Minutes after Polio Vaccine
AN eight-month-old girl's death, which occurred a matter of hours after she received a polio vaccine injection, has resulted in an inquiry being ordered.
According to a complaint made by Wakad resident Santosh Dhende to officials of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), his daughter Sanjana was administered her second dose of the triple polio vaccine and soon the child started showing signs of uneasiness.
The doctors allegedly dismissed the parents' concerns, saying such things were routine during immunisation and they need not worry.
The Dhendes were asked to take their baby home, but soon after reaching their residence at Mhatoba Nagar in Wakad, Sanjana turned blue in the face and had to be rushed back to Thergaon municipal hospital, where she had been given the vaccine.
"The dose was given at 11.30 am and the child was brought back at 12.30 pm in a serious condition. We gave her life-saving injections and put her on oxygen support, and shifted her to YCM hospital in an ambulance. However, they lost her there at 2.15 pm," said Dr Vishwanath Sawant, senior medical officer who is in-charge of the Thergaon hospital.
A day prior to the incident, the girl had been administered the hepatitis B vaccine.
The girl's parents could not be immediately traced as the hospital records did not mention the full address.
Both state and civic officials have ordered an inquiry into the case, but seem inclined to accept the hospital version even before test reports can come in.
"A police case has been registered with the Hinjewadi police station and a preliminary report into the incident prepared by three experts has been sent to the higher authorities," said Dr R R Iyer, medical director, PCMC. "The initial report suggests the baby died of heart disease."
He added that the post-mortem had been conducted, but the opinion was yet pending. "The viscera has been preserved and sent for analysis; cause of death will be revealed in 10-15 days," said Iyer.
Inspectors have seized samples of the polio vaccine and sent it for tests."
"That particular batch has been stopped and no polio dose will be given until the report is received," he said.
Source: Mid Day: Make Work Fun, by Alifiya Khan, 10 May 2010.
VAN UK's Comment: This baby did have a heart condition but all manufacturer's data sheets say vaccines should only be given to healthy children, so we believe it is medical negligence to vaccinate a child with a heart condition.
Woman Dies of Fatal Vaccine Reaction after Flu Shot
The Procurator Fiscals office in Dundee, investigating the death of a woman following her devastating reaction to a flu jab, is seeking answers from the German pharmaceuticals company that made the vaccine (writes Bruce Robbins).
Depute fiscal Kirsty McGowan said the firm has been asked if it is aware of any other adverse reactions to the vaccine.
Dundee woman Sylvia Thomson suffered a fatal reaction to the injection in November last year and died a few weeks later, on December 2,.
The former PE teacher, whod been bothered by an intermittent chest infection, asked her GP for the jab as a precaution. A week later, she was taken into hospital suffering from encephalitis swelling in her brain.
Hospital officials have since admitted that other people may be predisposed to a similar reaction.
Mrs Thomsons husband, Robert, has been pushing for a fatal inquiry into his 56-year-old wifes death and is critical of the progress the fiscals department has made into the investigation.
However, Ms McGowan told the Evening Telegraph she would be taking the matter further if she didnt hear back from the company in two to three weeks.
She added, We have received a fax from one of the vaccine companies saying they have referred our inquiry back to the parent company in Germany. Solvay Pharm-aceuticals is German-owned and has a base in Holland. They have to provide us with a full answer and that couldnt be done by the distributors in Britain.
Weve identified the batch numbers of the vaccine concerned and are waiting for a report from the company. We are looking for other adverse reactions to the vaccine and the company will have all those details.
Ms McGowan rejected Mr Thomsons claims the matter hadnt been given a high enough priority and said she had updated him at the beginning of October.
Mr Thomson said he believed the fiscals department had spent a lot of time speaking to Mrs Thomsons GP and a doctor at Ninewells Hospital when they should have been on to the drugs company straight away.
There must be a Government body that approved the vaccine for use in the UK and the fiscal could have contacted them straight away to find out what tests had been carried out on it before it was made available.
There was a report out recently saying that it couldnt be proved that flu vaccines do any good. Here we are heading into the vaccination season and we still dont know if this particular vaccine is going to stop people getting the flu or end up killing others.
Source: Evening Telegraph, 31 October 2006.
Two Babies Die After Vaccination
Two infants died and three others took ill today after being administered DPT and BCG vaccines at Gajole in Malda district.
"Three-month-old Najib Ansari and six-month-old Ruhan Reza of Sheikhpara village died after being administered vaccines for diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and tuberculosis. They died of some other ailments they had been suffering," CMOH of Malda Dr Srikanta Roy told PTI.
The babies were administered the vaccines with 45 other children of the village yesterday and five of them fell sick which the villagers claimed was due to poor quality of vaccines.
"They did not die of poor vaccines because 45 other children who were given the same vaccines are healthy. If the vaccines were of bad quality then all children would have suffered," Dr Roy said.
The three other sick children have been admitted to Gajole Rural Hospital, he said.
Source: Press Trust of India, 14th May 2010.
VAN UK's Comment: Smoking kills but it doesn't kill everyone. Just because some were okay, doesn't mean the vaccines didn't kill.
3 Cuban Children Dead and Dozens Sick after Single Measles Vaccine
Three Cuban children have died and dozens more are ill after receiving a single measles vaccine manufactured in India.
The Cuban Health Ministry said a "rare accident" had occurred on 22 May after a group of schoolchildren were inoculated against the disease with apparently contaminated doses from India.
The vaccines were certified by the World Health Organisation and purchased through the Pan-American Health Organisation.
Source: BBC News, 31 May 2002.
Parents Demand Answers after Children Killed, Sickened by Vaccines
The parents of nine victims who allegedly had abnormal reactions to vaccine shots received in Shanxi, Shandong and Henan provinces met in front of the Ministry of Health in Beijing on Friday, demanding that the ministry investigate the incidents. The ministry has not yet responded.
"We want the ministry to find out exactly who is responsible for these dead and sick children," said Yi Wenlong, the father of 15-year-old Yi Lingling, who was diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis after receiving the A and C groups of the meningitis vaccine at her school in Linfen, Shanxi Province in December 2006.
A report by the Beijing-based China Economic Times on March 17 revealed that improperly stored vaccines administered by the provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had killed four children and sickened more than 70 others who had been vaccinated between 2006 and 2008, citing Chen Tao'an, a whistle-blower who worked with the Shanxi CDC in 2007.
The parents also demanded the results of the medical testimonial given by the ministry at a press conference on April 6. One group of eight medical experts commissioned by the ministry concluded at that press conference that some diseases afflicting the victims are related to the vaccines, while others are not. No further details were disclosed.
The ministry dispatched eight medical experts from the Chinese Medical Association to Shanxi on March 26 and 27 to meet with some of the victims, including Yi's daughter. "They looked at my daughter. They didn't take any blood samples," Yi told the Global Times.
After that, Yi wrote to the ministry many times demanding a copy of the medical testimonial with signatures of the experts, but never received a reply.
After arriving on Monday, he met with other victims' families. "We will seek justice together," said Yi.
Source: Global Times, 28th June 2010.
Expired Measles Vaccine Kills Toddler
A toddler died allegedly after being administered expired measles vaccine at a private clinic in Gulberg Town on Thursday.
According to the childs father, he took his one-and-a-half-year old son Abdullah to a private clinic near his residence in Yousuf Plaza, Block-16, Federal-B Area, for the routine measles vaccine.
However, his son developed high fever after returning home, and he was rushed to a hospital, but he died there during treatment.
The police reached the spot and immediately arrested a doctor named Qamar while two other doctors Ghani and Asad managed to escape.
The Sindh Health Department ordered immediate closure of the clinic and Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed constituted a three-member committee headed by special secretary Dr Abdul Majid to probe the incident and present a report within three days.
The father of child, Sarfaraz, is a taxi driver and has three other children. He alleged that the health department was responsible for the incident since it had provided an expired vaccine to the clinic.
However, an official of the health department rejected the allegation and said the child suffered a reaction and when the doctors tried to administer anti-reaction medicines to the child, the parents refused, causing the childs death.
The vaccine was not expired, as four more children were also vaccinated at the same clinic and even the brother of the toddler was vaccinated along with him, but the child suffered a severe reaction and when doctors tried to give him some anti-reaction medicines, the family refused, said Gulberg Town Health Officer Dr Shahnaz.
She said the child was vaccinated at a private clinic named Al-Hamad Medical Centre located in Yousuf Plaza. When asked why the official vaccination campaign was arranged in a private clinic, she said that her department had selected several private clinics and hospitals for this purpose.
We just selected clinics and hospitals as central points where parents could bring children for vaccination, she said.
She said that her department has estimated 99,000 children under five years age in Gulberg town for routine vaccination. She said no such incident has occurred so far in which a child died due to vaccination.
Around 10 children were vaccinated from the same vial, which means if there was something wrong with the vaccine, the nine other children should also have been affected, but no other case was reported, she said.
When contacted, Health Executive District Officer Dr Shahab Imam refused to comment on the issue. The provincial health minister has directed us not to speak to the media, he said.
Source: Daily Times, 16th July 2010.
Flu Vaccine Can't be Ruled out in Toddler's Death
A Brisbane coroner says he cannot rule out a link between the death of a two-year-old girl in April and the seasonal flu vaccine.
Ashley Epapara died in Brisbane a day after she and her twin were inoculated against the flu by a GP.
Coroner John Lock says a lengthy investigation has failed to determine the cause of the toddler's death, but its link with the vaccination cannot be absolutely excluded.
Autopsy results were inconclusive.
"There was no finding to causally connect the young child's death with the flu vaccination," Mr Lock said.
"However, I have concluded that a link between the vaccination and the death cannot be absolutely excluded.
Source: ABC News, 10th September 2010.
TWINS BOTH DIE AFTER MEASLES VACCINATION
The Divya Hospital in Shastri Nagar area of Ghaziabad has been sealed by police after nine-month-old twins died following measles vaccination.
Senior superintendent of Ghaziabad police, Raghubir Lal revealed that a case has been registered against the owner of the hospital, who is an Ayurvedic physician called Dr Satvir. The twins called Chandini and Charu died immediately after receiving the vaccine.
3 Month old Girl Dead after DPT Vaccine
A 3-month-old baby girl suddenly died on Wednesday after being injected with a DPT vaccine (refers to a class of combo vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) and taking liquid- form polio vaccine at the Shangfeng Community Medical Center, located in Jiangning District, Nanjing. The case is still under investigation.
An expert at the Nanjing Center for Disease Control said that over 3 billion people in Nanjing have being injected with liquid-form polio vaccines since 1992, and the death rate due to counter reactions is of 0.
A doctor of the Shangfeng Community Service Center, who was part of the babys rescue work stated that plenty of stomach content was found during endotracheal Intubation, most of it being milk.
The vice director of the center, surnamed Tao, indicated that the case had been reported to the superior department; and the Health Bureau and Disease Control Center of Jiangning District dispatched a group to investigate into the case whose results have yet to be released.
Source: Global Times, 16th September 2010.
Newborn Dies after BCG Vaccine
Following the death of a newborn baby, the relatives created a ruckus at the district women's hospital of Ghazipur district on Thursday. According to reports, Ritu Pandey, wife of Jaishankar Pandey who resides in Rehuna village in Jamania area, gave birth to a baby at the district women's hospital on Tuesday.
The attendants alleged that following the administration of BCG vaccine at the hospital, the condition of the baby started deteriorating on Wednesday.
The baby died on Thursday morning due to the carelessness of doctors, they alleged.
On the other hand, the chief medical officer (CMO) of Ghazipur, Dr Pradeep Kumar Singh, told TOI over phone that it was wrong to say that the baby died after the BCG immunisation.
He said that the baby was doing well till Wednesday evening. The paediatrician at the hospital conducted a proper check up of the newborn.
The CMO said that the baby suffered from fever on Wednesday night but the attendants did not report it to the doctors, and the baby was found dead on Thursday morning.
According to the CMO, in view of public resentment, a three-member committee headed by senior paediatrician Dr A P Yadav has been constituted to look into the matter.
The committee would submit its report in three days, said the CMO, adding that appropriate action would be taken on the basis of the report.
Source: Times of India, 16th September 2010.
More News on the Vaccine Deaths
Death of infants in Ghaziabad and that of a newborn in Ghazipur district kept the health department officials on their toes on Thursday. All three deaths were linked with vaccination. While a newborn died within 24 hours of receiving BCG shot in Ghazipur, twin-sisters died in Ghaziabad after getting measles vaccines at a private nursing home.
Director general, medical health, Dr SP Ram maintains that health department is answerable in connection with the incident in Ghazipur. In this regard, he said, "prima facie it does not appear to be a case of adverse event following vaccination. Still, I have asked the chief medical officer of the district to submit a report in this regard.'' About the mishap in Ghaziabad, he said, "this did not happen in a government health sector so what can I say about it.''
In Ghazipur, a couple from Rehuna village of Jamunia area lost their newborn son within 24 hours of receiving polio drops and BCG vaccine. Finding their child dead on Thursday morning parents associated the death with vaccines. Infuriated over this, relatives of the couple created a ruckus in the government hospital. They were, however, not ready for the post-mortem examination of the newborn.
As per reports, the child was born healthy through a normal delivery on Tuesday afternoon. Was administered the polio drops on Wednesday morning and was fine. He was given a BCG shot in the afternoon following which he developed mild fever like most children. He was seen by the paediatrician in the evening who said that he was fine.
Baby's mother Renu Pandey got anxious realising that the baby was not taking the milk. Initially she thought that the boy was sleeping and made attempts to wake him up. Seeing no change, they took him to the doctor who declared the boy dead.
CMO, Ghazipur, Dr PK Singh, however, believes that the exact cause of the death may not be ascertained. "He was healthy and there seems to be nothing wrong with the vaccine. Infection could have caused the death but that could have been established if the parents allowed us to undertake post-mortem examination,'' he said.
On the possibility of something being wrong with the vaccines, Dr Singh said that there were two more children who got the BCG shots from the same vial. "The same batch is being used to immunise at least 20-25 children every day. There is no adverse event so we cannot blame the vaccine,'' he said.
In Ghaziabad, nine-month-old sisters Avika and Anika died at died reportedly within an hour of receiving measles vaccine shots at Divya nursing home of Shastrinagar area on Wednesday night. Seeing both the girls dying without any ailment, parents and attendants lost their cool and targeted the nursing home.
Later they also lodged an FIR against the nursing home with Kavinagar police station alleging that the children died due to negligence on the part of the staff. "When they saw that Avika's condition deteriorated within a few minutes of receiving the vaccine shot why did they administer the same to my other daughter?" questioned the father Sunil Sharma.
He also claimed that the nursing home staff tried to snatch away the immunisation card from him and raised doubts that if nothing was wrong what prompted them to behave like this. On their part, owner of the nursing home, Dr Satyaveer Singh, however, rubbished the charges of negligence. He pinned the blame on the vaccine instead.
When contacted, CMO, Ghaziabad Dr AK Dhawan claimed that he had gone to the spot after hearing about the incident. But when he reached there, he found that representatives from the Union health ministry and drug controller of India was already there. "The team collected samples of the vial from the same batch and seized the empty vial which was used for the girls besides the disposables. It is learnt that the samples have been sent to Central Research Institute, Kasauli for testing,'' he said.
Source: The Times of India, 17th September 2010.
Jayden Lynch Dead After Vaccine Related Seizure Disorder
A CHILDCARE worker broke down yesterday as she told an inquest that she considered as part of her family a three-year-old boy who died after being in her care.
Kerrie Pemberton was giving evidence at the coronial inquest into the death of Jayden Lynch at her Yamba home on December 15, 2008.
Mrs Pemberton told the inquest, being heard in Grafton Local Court, that she had put Jayden - who suffered from seizures - down to sleep with three other children about 1pm.
The court heard she and her husband Jeff had checked on the children between 1pm and 3pm from the room's doorway or through the window. She said she went to wake the children after 3pm but Jayden did not get up.
Mrs Pemberton told the inquest that she asked her husband to telephone Jayden's mother Cyndi Lynch.
She then realised Jayden was not breathing and telephoned triple-0 while she began CPR. The inquest heard the ambulance arrived at 3.24pm. Jayden was later declared dead at Maclean Hospital on the North Coast.
In his opening address Paul Guterres, counsel assisting Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell, told the inquest Jayden had his first seizure on June 8, 2006.
He said that on the morning of his death, the child had told his father he was unwell.
Jayden's father Ty Lynch also cried as he spoke of the child who was "worth waiting for" after five attempts of IVF.
"It was the best three years of our life and these last two have been the worst," Mr Lynch said.
He said there was too much emphasis that his son had died because of a seizure.
"Yes, he developed a seizure after an immunisation but he wasn't sick by any means," he told the court.
At the end of her evidence, Mrs Pemberton said the death had devastated her family.
"He was part of the family. He was a happy intelligent boy who made me laugh. I think of Jayden and his parents every day," she said.
Since his death she told the court she had established a sleeping check list.
Detective Senior-Constable Grahame Burke, the officer in charge of the investigation into the boy's death, told the inquest there had never been sufficient evidence for criminal charges. The inquest will continue today.
Source: The Daily Telegraph, 16th September 2010.
Twin Sister Deaths: Doctor Goes on the Run and is Still Missing
The police are yet to arrest the doctor who had gone absconding following the deaths of nine-month-old twin sisters in Ghaziabad. The twin sisters, Avika and Anika, died on September 15 night, allegedly after the doctor at a private nursing home gave them a measles vaccine.
The samples of vials of vaccines have been handed over to the health department officials for further testing.
According to Sharad Kumar Tyagi, the newly appointed chief medical officer, the samples were provided to the state and Centres health department. Officials have visited the chemist shop from which the vaccines were purchased. Samples from the shop have been taken for testing, Tyagi added.
Investigating officer Ajab Singh said, We have not been able to record the statement of the chemist who had given the vaccine vials to the hospital staff. We have not received any information on the purchase of vaccines yet.
Source: Indian Express, 19th September 2010.
More on Instant Death of Twins after Vaccination
Police book absconding doctor for culpable homicide
Sunil Sharma cant believe his twin daughters Avika and Anika are no more. The textile merchant from Ghaziabad had never imagined that a measles vaccine at a private nursing home in the town would take the life of the his nine-month-old daughters.
Sunil claims his daughters died minutes after being administered the vaccine, usually given when a baby is nine months old, at Divya Nursing Home. Akhil Sharma, an uncle of the twins, said: I took them for the vaccination around 6 pm on Wednesday. They were given the vaccination around 7.15 pm. In 15 minutes, the children started breathing heavily. We rushed to the doctor who gave them oxygen. But the babies had died by them. Still Dr Satyaveer Singh referred them to Sarvodya Hospital.
My wife fainted on hearing about the death of our daughters. She could not believe the news, said Sunil, who stays in Swarnjayanti Puram.
The family soon gathered at the hospital and sought an explanation. When the doctors failed to provide a satisfactory explanation for the deaths, they lodged a complaint. The Ghaziabad police have registered an FIR at the Kavi Nagar police station against Dr Satyaveer Singh under Section 304 of the IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
I have given orders to seal the hospital and take samples of the vaccine. The doctor is absconding. We have approached the Chief Medical Officer to probe the incident, said SSP Raghubir Lal. CMO A K Dhawan said he cannot comment on whether the vaccine caused the deaths as a probe is on into the incident.
The Indian Medical Associations local president Dr Santosh Aggrawal, who visited the hospital after the incident, confirmed that the health of the twins deteriorated after being administered the vaccine. The doctor had a fresh supply of the vaccine. Still there could be something wrong with the batch of vaccines. Similar deaths have been reported from Kanpur and Lucknow, he added.
Source: The Indian Express, 17th September 2010.
The twins who both died 15 minutes after vaccination
Vaccination May have Led to Death
A 43-year-old Doxey man who developed cerebral palsy and epilepsy as a baby after receiving a whooping cough vaccination, died as a result of the two disorders, a coroner has ruled.
South Staffordshire coroner, Andrew Haigh, said he came to the conclusion of death due to neurological condition since baby after deciding he could not record a verdict of natural causes.
He told the court this was because the inoculation could have led to Martin Davies profound disabilities, which in turn led to his death.
Mr Davies was cared for by his parents at their Fernleigh Gardens home.
At Cannock coroners court, Mr Davies parents told Mr Haigh their son had been born fit and healthy. However, at the age of two he received a jab against whooping cough, and subsequently became so severely disabled he was left wheelchair-bound, and completely unable to look after himself.
They had been told he would not live beyond the age of 18.
The couple said they believed the jab had resulted in his brain damage. They told Mr Haigh they had attempted to pursue a claim against the health service, but that they had been turned down for legal aid. And they said medical papers relating to their son had been shredded many years ago.
Mr Davies died on August 4 this year after developing pneumonia as a result of inhaling stomach contents.
Mr Haigh was told he had generally been quite well, but in the week prior to his death, he had been suffering from sickness and diarrhoea.
He had been found on his bed at around 6am, having been sick.
Due to the severity of his condition, an ambulance was called, but he went into cardiac arrest, and was pronounced dead at Stafford Hospital.
The cause of death was aspirational pneumonia.
Pathologist, Dr Paul Hiley, said Mr Davies gag reflex had been deficient due to his condition, and that this was the likely cause of him inhaling stomach contents.
Mr Haigh praised Mr Davies parents for the care they provided, adding: He was not expected to live as long as he did, and it is probably down to your care that he did.
Source: IC Stafford.co.uk, 19 October 2010.
DPT Vaccine Kills Two Babies
After two children reportedly died in Hamirpur and Kullu districts on receiving DPT vaccine injections, the state health department has sealed the batch of the vaccine and sent it for examination to Central Research Institute, Kasauli.
Director Health Services Dr Vinod Pathak said batch number 14037B09 of the vaccine has been sealed across the state and vaccination has been stopped till the report comes in. This year, this is the third case of death reported to have happened after DPT vaccination, confirmed the health department officials.
The latest death was reported on December 13 from Primary Health Centre Bhutti in Kullu district, where a two-month-old girl child died a few hours after being administered the DPT injection.
However, the health authorities are yet to ascertain the exact cause of her death as the child had also been given OBP vaccination on the same day.
Source: Indian Express, 16th December 2010.
Two Month Old Baby Boy Dies After DPT Shot
A two-month-old baby boy died hours after being administered a routine DPT shot at an MCD-run maternity centre at Trinagar in northwest Delhi on Wednesday.
DPT is a combination vaccine against three infectious diseases diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus.
The infants mother, Daisy Jaswani, had taken the baby to the MCD-run maternity centre for the vaccination on Wednesday.
Minutes after the shot, the baby began crying. However, the doctor on-duty assured her that the baby was fine.
By the time Daisy reached home, the babys body had turned cold.
She then rushed the baby to a nearby private hospital where he was declared dead.
Ashok Jeswani, the boys father, alleged that the MCD authorities carelessness had led to the babys death.
The family has also lodged a complaint with the Keshavpuram police station.
The body has been sent for postmortem.
The incident was brought to our knowledge yesterday. Since all vaccinations are provided to us by the Delhi government, its chief district medical officer, northwest district, was contacted. He has collected all the samples required for investigation, said an MCD official. The MCD has instituted an inquiry under Dr Madhu Jain, director hospital administration at MCD.
There is enough medical literature to suggest that the baby may have died of a reaction to a part of the vaccination, said Dr VK Monga, chairman, public health committee, MCD.
Source: Hindustan Times, 18th December 2010.
Elias Tembenis - Epilepsy, Ear Infections, Developmental Delay, Autism, Death after DTaP Vaccine
The tragic death of little Elias Tembenis is yet another vaccine injury case you probably won't hear much about. Yet some medical experts believe it could teach us something about how to make vaccination safer.
It could also add to the limited body of knowledge as to why the vast majority of kids are vaccinated safely, but a minority become seriously ill, brain-damaged or even die. Still, government officials have said they have no plans to study cases like Elias': cases that victims are winning against the government in the little-known federal vaccine court.
According to court and medical records, Elias was born on Aug. 23, 2000 and appeared healthy until Dec. 26 when he received his second dose of DTaP vaccine. His parents noticed some swelling around the injection site. According to court records:
"Early in the morning on December 27, 2000, Elias's parents found himseizing in his crib and took him to the emergency room ("ER")...Within one day, he developed a fever, which led to a complex febrile seizure. Subsequently, Elias developed epilepsy. This fact pattern is commonly seen in the Vaccine Program."
According to court records, after the DTaP reaction, the once-healthy baby ended up with debilitating medical problems, including features of autism, ear infections and developmental delay. His parents first filed their case as one of the "omnibus" group of autism cases to be heard in federal vaccine court.
According to those familiar with the case, the couple felt their chances of winning with the autism cases was slim because the idea of a link between vaccines and autism is so controversial. So they separated their case from the autism group and filed on the basis of their son's epilepsy and seizures.
They recently prevailed in court. It's one more example where vaccine-injured children who end up with autism are quietly winning their cases, but only when they focus on the more general argument of seizures or brain damage rather than autism.
Some victory. On Nov. 17, 2007 Elias' illnesses became to much for him. The little seven year old boy died. If the right people bothered to study the medical details of the case, they might learn something about why Elias got so sick from his vaccines, and how to identify ahead of time what babies might have the same problem. The former head of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Bernardine Healy, has said such study would actually protect the integrity of the vaccine program, rather than threaten it (as she says many government officials fear). So far, though, no takers. Elias' case becomes quietly filed away in vaccine court archives with nearly 1,300 other vaccine brain injuries-none of them apparently being pooled for study. An undetermined number of them, like Elias', involving autism diagnoses.
What made these children get sick? Why couldn't they tolerate their vaccines when most kids can? Unanswered questions.
Source: CBS News, 19th January 2011.
Two Year Old Dies after Oral Polio Drops
A two-year-old boy died soon after being given oral polio drops at Padappai in suburban Chennai on Sunday morning, the child's mother told TOI.
Doctors at Chromepet General Hospital said the child was brought dead, and the cause of death could be ascertained only after a postmortem analysis.
Joshua, (2), was taken to an anganwadi by his mother Dhanalakshmi at 8.30 am and given oral polio drops. "I gave the child milk after bringing him home. I was doing the daily chores for a while and when I got back to the child, I saw him in distress. I took him to the nearby Sai Hospital. The private hospital advised me to take him to the general hospital. My son died on the way," Dhanalakshmi told TOI.
Tamil Nadu director of public health Dr RT Porkai Pandian said it was highly unlikely that the polio drops could have caused the death. "Several other children were given the polio drops from the same vial, but none of them have any problem," he added.
Many other parents in the neighbourhood panicked and took their children for medical check-up after coming to hear of Joshua's death.
Immunisation programme in the state had come under a cloud after four 10-month-old babies died within minutes of being administered anti-measles vaccine at two medical camps in Tamil Nadu's Thiruvallur district on April 23, 2008. Three girls died at a centre in Pennalurpettai village, about 75 km from Chennai. The fourth, a baby boy, died after getting the shot in Venkatapuram village near Tiruttani, 35 km from Thiruvallur.
Source: Times of India, 23rd January 2011.
One Year Old Girl Dies after Polio Vaccination
One girl died and a few others fell ill after polio drops were administered to them at Chevuripalem village in Mudinepalli mandal, Krishna district.
According to information, polio drops were administered to children in the village on Jan 23 as part of the pulse polio programme. A one-year old girl, Saranya, daughter of a farm worker, Sonti Ravindra, developed fever the very next day. Her parents brought her to a private hospital here where she was treated and sent home. But after reaching home, her condition turned critical. The girl died while being brought here on Tuesday.
The little ones three-year-old cousin, Ayyappa Vigna Kumar (3), also developed fever and was admitted to a private hospital. It is said that he had fits after getting fever. Panicky villagers rushed to the area hospital and a private hospital here with about 25 kids. The doctors treated the children as outpatients and sent them home saying there was no threat to their lives.
District Medical and Health officer Dr Shalini Devi visited the village and claimed that there was no question of reaction of polio drops. However, she said a team of three doctors was appointed to inquire into the death of the girl.
The villagers, nonetheless, appeared unconvinced and attributed the girls death and subsequent health problems of their children to the vaccine.
They said they would not let their children be vaccinated in the village again. But none of them filed a police complaint.
Source: Express News Service, 27th January 2011.
Two Vaccines Suspended After FOUR Children Die
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare decided Friday to suspend administering two types of publicly subsidized vaccines as four children recently died after receiving them, notifying municipal governments of the decision, ministry sources said.
The two types are the Hib vaccine to prevent bacterial meningitis and a vaccine to protect against streptococcus pneumoniae.
There have been no reports so far from the doctors who treated the children establishing the causal relationship between the vaccines and their deaths, according to the ministry.
But the ministry is planning to hold a meeting of an expert panel early next week after consulting with other doctors to closely examine the cases, the sources said. The ministry is expected to resume the vaccinations should the panel decide that the two vaccines do not pose serious safety concerns.
The four were a 3-month-old girl in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, who died Feb. 20, a 2-year-old boy in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, who died Tuesday, a 1-year-old girl in Nishinomiya, also in Hyogo, who died Wednesday, and a 6-month-old girl in Kyoto City, who died Friday.
All the doctors of these children described the causal relations between their deaths and the vaccines were either unclear or impossible to evaluate. Some infants had underlying illnesses and others did not.
All of the four children were given a vaccine against streptococcus pneumoniae manufactured by Pfizer Inc, and all excluding the girl in Nishinomiya received ActHIB, a Hib vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
Also, all excluding the boy in Takarazuka received a mixed vaccine against diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus on the same day they received other vaccines.
The streptococcus pneumoniae vaccine has been administered to an estimated 1.10 million people in 2.15 million doses since it went on sale in February 2010. The Hib vaccine has been administered to an estimated 1.55 million people in 3.08 million doses since its launch in December 2008.
An increasing number of people are believed to be receiving these vaccines as a program began last November in which the state shoulders half the cost of vaccination if municipal governments organize and subsidize vaccination programs.
At a health ministry research panel meeting on Monday, a case of death after receiving a Hib vaccine was reported, but the panel judged that the vaccine did not pose a serious safety concern.
Source: Japan Today, 5th March 2011.
Four Infants Die Within 15 Minutes of Measles Vaccination
Four infants died in western Gujarat's Kutch on Wednesday and about five became critical within 15 minutes of their being administered the measles vaccine as part of a drive launched by the Gujarat government. The four who died were below one. Of the ones critical, all are below one and one is 16 months old.
The incident has forced the state health department to halt the vaccination drive in the state for a week while samples have been sent for examination to the Central Research Institute, Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh.
Chief minister Narendra Modi has directed the health authorities to conduct an enquiry into the incident. The state government has declared a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to each of the bereaved families.
"Our preliminary investigation into the incident has revealed that the children who were vaccinated developed reaction and four children have succumbed while a few more are under treatment," Gujarat health minister Jaynarayan Vyas told HT.
"We have withdrawn the vaccination programme after the incident and also sent samples of the vaccine for examination," Vyas said, adding, "the vaccines were procured by the state health department and the expiry time was April 2012."
The vaccine was manufactured by Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL), a unit of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), and it produces shots for rabies, hepatitis B, measles, etc.
"One infant was vaccinated by a nurse in the field while three others were administered vaccine at Rambag Hospital in Adipur town," a senior health department official in Kutch said.
The post-mortem had been conducted and the reports had been sent to the state health department, he added.
Source: Hindustan Times,16th March 2011.
Four Infants Die Within 15 Mins of Measles Vaccine and a Fifth Within One Hour
Another report of the same incident, detailing the death of a 5th infant.
Five infants, around 10-months-old, died after being vaccinated for measles at Gandhidhams Rambaugh Hospital on Wednesday. Three others are said to be serious. The entire stock of this vaccine in the state has been withdrawn pending lab tests and measles vaccination in the district has been stopped till further notice.
Following the deaths at 10 am, people went berserk breaking furniture and fixtures and beating up Dr Abhishek Makwana, who was on duty. Four infants died within minutes of being vaccinated by two female health workers while one infant died after an hour.
The four who died immediately were Daksha Gangji Gandhi of Gandhidham, Vaishali Mahesh Purabia of Adipur, Yuvraj Kishan Chauhan of Adipur and Veer Manubhai Chaudhry.
Relatives of the unfortunate infants have refused to accept the bodies demanding intervention of chief minister Narendra Modi and are insisting on his immediate arrival at the hospital. Modi expressed grief over the deaths and announced an assistance of Rs one lakh to each family. "It is a very painful incident and the state government has ordered a high-level probe into the matter,'' he said.
The district collector and the district health officer rushed to the hospital. It is learnt that a central team is also reaching the hospital to carry out a spot assessment. District health officer Dr S K Modh said the lethal measles doses were manufactured by Human Biologicals Institute, a unit of Indian Immunologicals Ltd, Hyderabad, which is a fully owned subsidiary of National Dairy Development Board. The batch was manufactured in May 2010 and its expiry date was 2012. Batch number MES 10/10 was used at Rambaug hospital and it was stored in proper condition, Dr Modh said.
Officials of Indian Immunological Ltd said they had not received official word on the incident. Nevertheless, they said such instances have occurred even in the past and while initially vaccines are blamed, each time the vaccine after being tested at any of the country's labs is found of standard quality. Officials blamed the handling of the vaccine as the problem.
"It appears from all indications there is no problem with the vaccine. It is a programme error (the way the vaccine is handled). As per WHO guidelines, vaccine which comes in a vial should be reconstituted and used within two hours but there have been instances when the vaccine has been reconstituted and kept overnight (before being administered),'' said N Anand, general manager, marketing, Indian Immunological Ltd.
Source: The Times of India, 17th March 2011.
Vaccine-related deaths triples after closure of govt labs
111 Children Die From Vaccines in 2008 and a Further 116 in 2009
The number of children dying due to immunization-related complications has more than tripled after the government closed down three public sector vaccine labs in January 2008. The government has no clue about the causes while children continue to die, the latest being that of five infants in Gujarat on Wednesday.
Details given by the Union ministry of health and family welfare in reply to an RTI query filed by Dr KV Babu of Payyanur show that 111 children died in 2008 due to "adverse effect after immunisation (AEFI)". AEFI is a general term that covers various reasons, including bad vaccine quality due to break in cold chain, contamination and complications due to pre-existing conditions of the child.
In 2009, the latest year for which the ministry has given details, 116 children died due to AEFI. In contrast, 32 children lost their lives to AEFI in 2007.
The government closed down its three labs Central Research Institute in Kasauli, BCG Laboratory in Chennai and Pasteur Institute of India in Coonoor in January 2008, citing the non-compliance of good manufacturing practices. To make up for the demand of 75 lakh vaccines doses of six kinds needed for its universal immunisation programme, the government has been proc-uring them from private firm.
The ministry has not found anything amiss. "In a country where 25 million children are born every year, it won't be proper to jump into conclusions. We are following the protocol of investigations," health secretary K Chandramouli told TOI.
Experts don't think so. "India is not following the Brighton Collaboration criteria, adopted by WHO to deal with AEFI deaths," said Jacob M Puliyel, head of paediatrics at Delhi's St Stephen's Hospital. The WHO protocol says that an AEFI death should be considered 'certain/very likely' if it occurs immediately after vaccination and if no other disease or drug is found as reason. "Here, we just test the vaccine and say there is nothing wrong," said Dr Puliyel.
Child health and immunisation deputy commissioner Ajay Khera said, "About 20 lakh children under 5 die every year. This converts to approximately 5,000 deaths every day, and hence a few deaths after immunisation cannot be linked to the vaccine.
Infant dies day after DPT vaccination
A two-month-old infant died a day after vaccination on Thursday at Shakaran village in Vargal mandal of Medak district. This is the fifth incident of a child dying after being vaccinated this year. However, district health officials refused to link the death to the vaccine.
Dr C. Ranga Reddy, district medical and health officer of Medak district, said that on Wednesday the infant, Kumari Keerthana, had been administered a DPT vaccine and the child had died at 3 am on Thursday. The cause of death is being investigated. We dont think that the death is related to vaccines because 10 children were administered vaccines from the same vial and nine of them are doing fine. So, there was no problem with the vaccines or their storage. Mild fever is also common in children post administration of vaccines. Investigation is on and we suspect that the child might have had some prior illness, said the DMHO.
In January, around 60 lakh children in AP were administered polio drops and four deaths had been reported from West Godavari, Krishna, Nalgonda and Chittoor districts. However, according to reports of the Medical and Health Department, investigation had revealed that the deaths were due to pre-existing ailments and one due to asphyxia and not connected to the polio drops. Health Department doctors had also advised against taking children for vaccination if the child had problems like fever and diarrhoea. Doctors insist that parents wait for a day or two for the child to get well and then take him/her for immunisation to prevent complication.
Source: Deccan Chronicle, 17th April 2011.
Vaccine deaths on the rise in last three years
The number of children who have died after being administered vaccine shots has jumped suddenly in the last three years, according to Central government records.
However, none of the deaths have been attributed to vaccines directly. Even though the number of deaths was quite low in the first seven years of the last decade, the spike came in the last three years, when 355 kids died due to adverse events following immunisation (AEFI)the technical parlance for vaccine deaths.
According to the governments own recordsavailable with Deccan Herald as many as 111 children died in 2008, followed by 116 deaths in 2009 and 128 deaths in 2010.
The cause of as many as 72 deaths, out of the 128 deaths in 2010, remain unknown while in 48 cases, it is coincidental. In four cases, the culprit was vaccine reaction and in remaining four the cause of death is either injection reaction or programme error.
In comparison, there were only 146 vaccine deaths between 2001 and 2007 and the highest number of deaths54 were reported in 2006.
While Health ministry officials could not pinpoint the reasons, public health experts agree that Indias AEFI surveillance system deserves to be improved much more.
The AEFI monitoring function is deficient in the national surveillance authority, which needs to pull up its socks to set up a strong surveillance mechanism both for the universal immunisation programme as well as for shots administered by private doctors, said the draft National Vaccine Policy.
The National Vaccine Policy is prepared by an expert panel headed by former director general of Indian Council of Medical Research N K Ganguly.
Responding to a Right to Information application, the ministry said it cannot provide the inquiry reports of AEFI deaths due to measles vaccination in Chennai in 2008 and Madhya Pradesh and Lucknow in 2010 because some of the matters are sub judice and the Lucknow report is yet to be completed.
The final inquiry report on Madhya Pradesh is also not available.
Full immunisation coverage of children (12-23 months) stood at 54.1 per cent in 2007-08, indicating that almost half of the children do not receive the full immunisation coverage. The drop out rates are very high.
Also, 11.3 per cent children were found to have no immunisation, sources said.
Baby Dies 8 Months After BCG Vaccine
Baby dies eight months after BCG injection
Baby dies after BCG vaccination
Eight-month-old Chinese baby Little Rui Rui has died, months after he received a Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) injection.
Apple Daily reported that on Oct 26 last year, little Ruirui received the vaccination - which was supposed to have protected the child against tuberculosis - at a hospital in Zhejiang province, China.
However, a month after the injection, his lymph nodes started to swell.
Just weeks ago, Ruirui's life was hanging by a thread. His muscle atrophied, making his ribs clearly visible in his thin body. His skin was also wrinkled and peeling.
According to Chinese media reports, Health department representatives explain that what happened to Little Ruirui is due to an immune system defect, and that the probability for something similar happening due to the vaccine for normal children is very rare.
Source: AsiaOne Health, 26th May 2011.
Two Babies Die Minutes After Vaccination at the Same Clinic
A Cape Flats community is shocked and enraged after the sudden mysterious death of two infants.
Manenberg residents say the three-month-old babies died within a few hours of each other after receiving their routine vaccination injections at the local clinic.
Hajiera Liewenberg, 23, who was with mom Nikita Le Grange, 20, at the Manenberg Day Clinic on Wednesday, says 14-week-old baby Tyler died in his sleep.
When she brought him for his three-month shot this morning, he was fine.
Then he fell asleep here at the hospital and when she went home, she put him to bed, Hajiera explains.
When she went to check on him, she saw that his face was blue and then her aunt rushed back to hospital with Tyler.
Hajiera says doctors tried to save the infant but it was already too late.
Tylers godmother, Natasha Payne, says she arrived at the clinic after hearing about Tylers death and moments later a second mother rushed in with her five-month-old child.
We were sitting in the waiting room and I saw the (second) mother leave. Then minutes later, the same woman rushed back after her child also turned blue, says Natasha.
As news of the two deaths quickly spread through the community, other mothers and grandmothers had growing concerns about the safety of their own little ones.
Late on Wednesday afternoon, scores of concerned and angry residents gathered outside the Manenberg clinic demanding answers.
Resident Lillian Pearce says shes concerned about her six- week-old grandchild whos due for his injection today.
My grandson is a few weeks old and hes due for his injection but what are we supposed to do now? she says.
No one is telling us anything and we cant trust that the sames not going to happen again.
Its still not clear what caused the infants deaths, but police spokesman November Filander says:I can confirm two kids passed away, a boy and a girl. The causes of their death is still not known but police have opened up an inquest docket at Manenberg Police Station. - Daily Voice
Source:iol news, 2nd June 2011.
Baby Tyler who died after vaccination, pictured with his mum.
Newborn Dies after Being Given Polio Drops
A newborn on Wednesday died allegedly after being administered anti-polio vaccine in Lahore, Geo News reported.
One Abdul Khaliq of Baghbanpura road said that vaccinator Saad, Zonal Supervisor Jaffar and lady health workers Rozi and Rubina administered anti-polio drops to his 15-day-old daughter Habiba at 10:00 am today morning. She died within minutes after getting anti-polio drops, he alleged.
Meanwhile, EDO Health has suspended four health officials including two women, and initiated inquiry into the incident.
Vaccine Withdrawn After One Year Old Dies
THE vaccine which was given to an infant prior to his suspicious death in Mocho, Clarendon this week has been withdrawn from health clinics across the island, pending further investigation.
The one-year-old child was given the vaccine at a health clinic in the parish the day before he was found dead by family members, but Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Environment Dr Karen Lewis-Bell, believes only a post-mortem could show the real cause of death.
"In the morning the child had visited the health centre and received a vaccine, so we have no evidence to say that it is the vaccine that has caused the death of this child," said Dr Lewis-Bell, who declined to name the vaccine.
"However, under normal circumstances, if such a situation happens we have to do a thorough investigation. Part of our investigation involves putting a hold on the use of that vaccine while we continue our investigations and get some information as to the cause of death," she told the Observer yesterday.
"We have to be very careful that we don't make certain assumptions without us having any proofs and so I don't want to discredit our immunisation programme or any of the vaccines without any proof," she said.
The Ministry of Health has since launched an investigation into the child's death and is now awaiting the result of a post-mortem. All the other children who were given the same vital vaccine at the Clarendon-based health centre have since been checked and have all been found to be in good health.
Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vaccine-withdrawn-pending-probe-into-child-s-death_9026592#ixzz1Q2UBi1v8
VAN UK's Comment: As the child was already a year old they can't blame this one on 'SIDS'.
Child dies after vaccination, doctors face action
Action has been recommended against a deputy chief medical officer and another doctor after an infant died and two others took ill following administration of measles vaccine in Uttar Pradesh, an official said Friday.
While nine-month-old Shivansh died Thursday at the Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) here, two other children - Lallu and Sadhu - are being treated for post-vaccination complication.
They were Wednesday administered measles vaccine under routine immunisation campaign in Awadhpur village in Barabanki, 30 km from Lucknow. On Thursday, they were admitted to the CSMMU.
"It appears prescribed norms were not followed while administering the vaccine," Barabanki Chief Medical Officer A.K. Chaudhary told reporters.
"The measles vaccine should have been utilised within four hours after dissolution but it was kept open for more than eight hours," he added.
"We have suspended an ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) involved in the vaccination. Action has been recommended against doctor Arvind Yadav and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ram Chandani for not supervising the vaccination," he said.
Meanwhile, Shivansh's father has lodged a First Information Report (FIR) in Barabanki against Yadav and the nurse in connection with his son's death.
Source: Deccan Herald, 22nd July 2011.
Newborn Dies after Polio Drops
A newborn on Wednesday died allegedly after being administered anti-polio vaccine in Lahore, Geo News reported.
One Abdul Khaliq of Baghbanpura road said that vaccinator Saad, Zonal Supervisor Jaffar and lady health workers Rozi and Rubina administered anti-polio drops to his 15-day-old daughter Habiba at 10:00 am today morning. She died within minutes after getting anti-polio drops, he alleged.
Meanwhile, EDO Health has suspended four health officials including two women, and initiated inquiry into the incident.
Infant Dies after Measles Vaccination
An infant died allegedly after being vaccinated against measles in Malihabad area, officials said here today. 20-day-old Anju was administered the vaccine at Maliahabad community health centre on Saturday, they said. After vaccination, the child died at her home in the evening. Health department officials, including Chief Medical Officer Ashok Mishra, visited the village and the health centre and conducted a primary inspection, they said. An FIR was lodged and post mortem of the baby carried out.
Source: IBN Live, 22nd August 2011.
Infant Dies after Vaccination
The Junagadh district health officials have launched an inquiry into the death of a two-month-old baby girl who died after being vaccinated on Mamta Day on Wednesday in Sadesar village in Una taluka of Junagadh.
Infant Asha Bambhaniya was vaccinated for hepatitis-B and DPT and died within 15 minutes. On learning of this, health officials stopped the vaccination and put under observation four children given the same vaccination.
Chief district health officer, Junagadh, Dr D K Dabhi said, "The child died after parents took her at their home, but they returned and told about it. So, we soon stopped the vaccination as part of preventive measures. But four other kids who were given the same vaccination were put under observation and all of them are fine. So, there may be some other problem."
Health officials said that in order to ascertain the exact cause of death, the child's body was sent to medical college in Jamnagar for forensic postmortem. "We have also sent the samples of the vaccine for laboratory test. After both reports arrives, we will be able to know the exact cause of death,'' health officials said.
Health officials also said that the child was suffering from cardiac related problem and the parents were advised to consult doctors in Ahmedabad recently.
Source: Times of India, 30th September 2011.
Infant Dies 15 Minutes after Vaccination
The Junagadh district health officials have launched an inquiry into the death of a two-month-old baby girl who died after being vaccinated on Mamta Day on Wednesday in Sadesar village in Una taluka of Junagadh.
Infant Asha Bambhaniya was vaccinated for hepatitis-B and DPT and died within 15 minutes. On learning of this, health officials stopped the vaccination and put under observation four children given the same vaccination.
Chief district health officer, Junagadh, Dr D K Dabhi said, "The child died after parents took her at their home, but they returned and told about it. So, we soon stopped the vaccination as part of preventive measures. But four other kids who were given the same vaccination were put under observation and all of them are fine. So, there may be some other problem."
Source: The Times of India, 30th September 2011.
Panic in Chennai as child dies after polio vaccination
Panic spread in the state following the death of a two-year-old child hours after he was given polio vaccine near Chennai on Sunday. But doctors have reassured parents that the death wasn't related to the vaccine.
The child, A Joshua, was administered the oral vaccine at 8.30am at an anganwadi centre in Padapai on Sunday as part of the pulse polio programme. He died at his house two hours later. His mother A Dhanalakshmi, 20, alleged that the child died due to the vaccine. As the news spread, many other children, who received the vaccine from the same centre, were rushed to a nearby government hospital in Chrompet, where doctors assured the parents that the vaccine was safe.
Source: Times of India, 24th January 2011.
2 Month old Baby Killed By Pentavalent Vaccine in Kerala
A 58-day-old baby born to Sabeer and Shajitha of Vithura was given the pentavalent vaccine at the Vithura Community Centre on Wednesday morning. The parents claimed that the infant developed fever in the night and was rushed to the hospital. The doctors said that it was a normal fever. But on Thursday, the baby was found unconscious and was rushed to the hospital where it was declared dead.
Source: Times of India, 17th December 2011. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com//articleshow/11138247.cms?intenttarget=no
8 Month old Baby Dies after Polio Drops
The Adverse Effects Following Immunisation (AEFI) committee at Ratnagiri, constituted by the state health department, will analyse the death of an eight-month-old baby girl who had received oral polio vaccine (OPV) drops in Nandgaon village on Sunday. The health department has also asked officials concerned to send a sample of the batch of polio vaccine administered to the baby for testing and analysis.
The eight-month-old baby girl who had received OPV drops at an immunisation booth at Nandgaon village in Ratnagiri district on Sunday around 11.30 am, developed convulsions around 5.30 pm and died at a private hospital at 8 pm, health officials said.
L S Sale, district health officer, Ratnagiri, said, "The baby girl was administered OPV at an immunisation booth set up at village Nandgaon at 11.30 am on Sunday. The family took the baby and her sisters back home. At around 5.30 pm, the baby developed symptoms following which she was rushed to a private hospital in Kervan, where she died at 8 pm."
"The baby had a history of fall. We are suspecting that an internal head injury might have caused convulsions in the baby," Sale said, adding, "All the other children who were vaccinated in Nandgaon are fine. Each vial of polio vaccine contains 15 to 18 doses. The other babies who received drops from the same vial are fine."
The authorities are trying to say it is a coincidence, like they do with all vaccine deaths.
Source: Times of India, 21st February 2012.
Vaccines Put on Hold after Infant Dies
The UT Health Dept has directed all its dispensaries as well as the PGI, GMSH-16 and GMCH-32 to immediately stop DTP immunization in the city and withhold the stock of the vaccine, Batch No 994. The decision was taken following the death of a six-week-old infant. The child, Arnav, died on February 8, a few hours after he was given the DPT Vaccine at the Ramdarbar ESI Dispensary. Investigations are on to determine whether the vaccine caused his death.
The vaccine administered to Arnav belonged to a large quantity of vaccine purchased on May 27, 2011. Two children were adversely affected by the vaccine. One was Arnav, who died and the second is Radhav, who developed seizures after being vaccinated.
Three deaths may have link to flu jab
Three patient deaths have been reported to the State's drugs monitoring agency relating to administration of the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix in the past two years, according to figures obtained by irishealth.com
The deaths occurred in a baby whose mother was given the vaccine, and in two elderly people.
And the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has told irishhealth.com that 139 deaths were linked to medicines in the top 10 list* (see below) that had the highest number of reported adverse reactions from January 2010 to December 2011.
The IMB has stressed that that three deaths reported to it in patients exposed to Pandemrix does not necessarily indicate a direct link between the vaccine and the deaths.
The Medicines Board says in many cases where patients' deaths were linked to drug or vaccine reactions, the death may have been caused by other factors, such as underlying illnesses or progression of the patients' disease, and many of the patients taking drugs where fatalities were reported were already seriously ill.
However, the Medicines Board cannot state for certain exactly how many of the deaths reported to it among those taking medicines may have been directly linked to a reaction to a particular drug/vaccine.
It says of those fatal reports received in relation to Pandemrix, two of the patients were aged over 80 years and were reported to have had pneumonia.
In the third case, the death reported was of a newborn infant.
Howwever, the IMB said the baby, whose mother had previously been given the Pandemrix vaccine, was seriously ill and had multiple post-birth complications. It said the infant's death was unlikely to have been a direct fatality as a result of an adverse reaction to the vaccine.
The deaths were recorded among 779 reports of adverse reactions to pandemic flu vaccines given to the IMB over the two-year period.
There have been reports of a possible link between Pandemrix and the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in young people.
The IMB said many people who received the H1N1 vaccines had chronic underlying medical conditions which put them at greater risk of developing serious complications.
Source: Irish Health, 29th February 2012.
3rd Smallpox Vaccine Death Reported
Three people have died of heart attacks after receiving the smallpox vaccine, and expert advisers are recommending that the federal program be slowed down, throwing a struggling campaign into even deeper trouble.
Health experts are investigating a possible link between the vaccine and heart problems that have occurred in 17 people, including the three fatalities. Two of those were health care workers in private hospitals. The third, announced Friday by the Pentagon, was a 55-year-old National Guardsman, the first death in a military inoculation program that has treated 350,000 people.
The civilian program, which unlike the military's is voluntary, has moved much slower. Federal officials had aimed to offer the vaccine to at least 450,000 people in the program's first month. After two months, only about 25,000 have been vaccinated, with many hospitals opting out of the program altogether.
Despite the low numbers, the Institute of Medicine recommended this week that federal officials consider whether they have vaccinated enough people to handle a terror attack using the smallpox virus, should one occur. Many states might discontinue their programs as they reconsider their readiness, said Dr. Brian Strom, the head of the Institute of Medicine's smallpox committee, which is advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the program.
The recent deaths add weight to the recommendation, Strom said in an interview Friday.
"They're going to have more trouble now" getting volunteers, he said. "I think people are going to be afraid."
Source: CBS News, 11th February 2009.
Four children die in Kerala after administration of pentavalent vaccine
Four children have died in Kerala after they were administered pentavalent vaccine, which was introduced by Kerala government in its Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) on December 14, 2011. However, whether the administration of pentavalent vaccine is the reason for the death of these children is yet to be established.
According to sources, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed by an NGO called Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in the Kerala High Court at Ernakulam on behalf of parents of a female baby Ancy who died after receiving pentavalent vaccine on December 15, 2011. In the PIL, the HRLN has prayed to the court to stop vaccinating pentavalent vaccine to the other children as there is risk of death due to the vaccine. The PIL was filed on February 16 this year.
Advocate Sandhya Raju, who is representing the HRLN in the case, said that the untoward incident involving the 56-day old female baby Ancy happened on December 15 a day after she was administered the first dose of pentavalent vaccine at the community health center at Vithura in Thiruvananathapuram district on December 14, 2011. On the same day of vaccination, the baby developed fever and the next day she died.
Sources said that in the second case at Kattakkada, Thiruvananathapuram, another baby died after administering the pentavalent vaccine. In this case, the child had reaction on way home from government hospital after vaccination. They went back to same government hospital. But the child died there. The hospital asked to do post-mortem which the parents declined.
Experts argue that if the reaction occurred after the injection and there was no other cause for the reaction it must probably be due to the vaccine.
Source: Pharmabiz, 1st March 2012.
The Number of Children who Die After Vaccine Shots More Than Doubles in 3 Years
mmunisation-associated problems have come to the fore yet again. A Delhi-based report gave the shocking news that the number of children who die soon after being administered vaccine shots more than doubled in the last three years compared with the previous seven years. The information was provided by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in response to an application under the Right to Information Act, 2005 from Dr. K.V. Babu, a public health activist and a Central Council member of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
The finding is significant inasmuch as the sudden spurt in the number of vaccine-related deaths has happened during a three-year period (2008 to 2010) when three reputed public sector vaccine-manufacturing institutes functioning at Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh), and Coonoor and Chennai (both in Tamil Nadu) had been forced to suspend vaccine production. The three units accounted for over 70 per cent of the vaccines needed for the country's Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP). The Central government withdrew the orders of suspension of production in the three units only in 2010.
The risk factor
As vaccine-preventable infectious diseases continue to decline, people have become increasingly concerned about the risks associated with vaccines. Moreover, technological advances and people's awareness about vaccines have led to investigations focused on the safety of existing vaccines, which have sometimes created a climate of concern.
The concern over the increasing number of deaths among children following vaccination is not confined to India. Many countries have been facing this problem and the governments and the WHO have started addressing the risk factor with a view to enlarging its use among larger sections of children all over the world. Social activists and the media are going all out to mobilise public support for such initiatives.
Japan is a recently affected country. Even before five children were recorded dead soon after vaccination, the government started taking preventive operations. It immediately suspended sale of two branded vaccines manufactured by global corporates based in France and the United States. The Japanese media are solidly behind their government.
Open letter to DG, WHO Pentavalent vaccine related deaths in India
Dear Dr Margaret Chan,
All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN) is a network of not-for-profit civil society organisations that has been campaigning and working for rational use of medicines, largely in the Indian context. We have written to you in the past. We would like to bring your attention to the deaths Pentavalent (DPT + Hib + Hepatitis B) vaccine related deaths in India.
According to the Brighton classification of adverse events following immunization (AEFI), re-challenge and recurrence of symptoms in the individual is needed for classification of AEFI as certainly related to vaccine. Such re-challenge is impossible if in the first instance, AEFI results in death. In the absence of proof from a re-challenge experiment, deaths caused by vaccines can only be classified as probably related to vaccine or possibly related to the immunization.
As you would know, there have been several Pentavalent vaccine related deaths in Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Pakistan. Using the WHO approved classification of AEFI many of these deaths are probably related to the immunization because no alternate cause for the adverse events has been found. However an expert panel looking at the deaths in Sri Lanka deleted probably related and possibly related from the classification of Brighton for purposes of their evaluation report, and then certified that the vaccines were unlikely to be due to the vaccines. This report (Expert Panel Report 23 December 2008 Sri Lanka) is available on the World Wide Web.
One by one the WHO has delisted a number of brands of prequalified Pentavalent vaccine, but the problem has refused to go away. Pentavalent vaccine was introduced in two states in India on 14th December and 17th December 2011, to evaluate the safety of the vaccine in India. According to an affidavit filed in the Kerala High Court by the Government of Kerala India, there have been four deaths in less than two months since it was introduced in the public health system. For your information the full text of the submission by Kerala government can be accessed here.
The reactions in India suggest that the cause of the problem is unrelated to the brand or manufacturer or lot of the vaccine. It appears to be a form of hypersensitivity reaction as described in the post mortem report on one of the children in Kerala. The vaccine can be administered to many patients without problems and there is no available method at present to predict which infant will react adversely. The US FDA has pointed out that vaccines are aimed mostly at healthy individuals for prevention of diseases to which an individual may never be exposed. Unlike conventional drug treatments meant for the management of existing disease, in prophylaxis with vaccines, safety is of paramount importance. Vaccines that frequently and unpredictably cause death of healthy children cannot be recommended.
Pentavalent vaccine is at present recommended by WHO and its introduction is supported by GAVI funds. Given these circumstances the WHO needs to re-evaluate the recommendations. We propose to copy this letter to countries supporting the GAVI initiative so that they may be able to initiate action in a responsible manner.
Looking forward to your early action in the regard.
1. Dr Jacob Puliyel, Drug Action Forum Karnataka (DAF-K), New Delhi
2. Dr Mira Shiva, Medico Friend Circle, New Delhi
3. Dr Gopal Dabade, DAF-K, Dharwad
4. Mr Srinivasan. S, LOCOST, Vadodara
5. Mr Naveen Thomas, Headstreams, Bangalore
6. Mr Prasanna Saligram, AID India, Bangalore
7. Dr Anurag Bhargava, JSS, Chattisagarh.
Source: All India Drug Action Network, 12th March 2012.
Child Dies after Vaccination: Authorities Halt Vaccine Use
n another case of death following vaccination, an Indian child died after getting vaccination for polio and other diseases collectively called DPT.
The incident happened on Thursday in Dahisar, a suburb of Mumbai city, where 3-month-old Megha Devkari died hours after she was vaccinated orally for polio and injected two other vaccines, which were for Hepatitis-B and DPT. Times of India reports that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has responded to the complaint of the dead childs parents by stopping the use of the particular batch of vaccines with which Megha was vaccinated.
Another post in Times of India informed the same day that the bereaved parents have blamed the vaccine shots for the infants death. The childs body has been sent for forensic testing.
In the meantime, civic authorities running the vaccination campaign told the paper that the child might have died by some other complications. The paper reports that the police have registered a case of accidental death.
In a similar case in India, occurring in February this year, four infants were reported dying soon after getting the oral polio vaccination and shots for Hepatitis and DPT while last year in Chennai, the death news of a two-year-old, soon after he was given oral polio vaccine, reportedly caused panic in the state. In Indias next-door neighbor Pakistan, a five-year-old girl also lost her life soon after she was vaccinated for polio in November last year.
Concerns have recently been raised over the continued use of oral polio vaccine in the third world, given that it was banned in the US in 2000 due to serious health risks. An article in Times of India, last year, pointed to the rising incidence of deaths soon after vaccination and the governments failure in getting to the bottom of the problem.
Source: Digital Journal, 12th May 2012. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/324752
Baby Dies Day after Vaccination
A three-month-old girl died a day after she was administered oral pulse polio drops along with Hepatitis B vaccine and DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus) vaccine at a health centre in Dahisar.
On Thursday, Megha Devkaris family filed a complaint against the health centre at the Dahisar police station, but immunisation in-charge Dr Kishore Hurgoli said she could have died due to other reasons.
It could have been an adverse event following immunisation. Only after we get the post-mortem report can we be sure about the cause of death, said Dr Hurgoli.
The police said that of the eight infants who were administered the vaccines on Wednesday, only Megha developed complications.
The father Ramesh told the police that Megha developed high fever after they returned from the health centre. They gave her Crocin as she could not sleep. In the morning the parents realised something was wrong and rushed her to Bhagwati Hospital, but she was declared dead, said a police officer.
Dr Mukesh Sanklecha, consulting paediatrician, Bombay Hospital, said: The DTwP vaccine has side effects like high fever, fits/convulsion and even brain damage, but very few children develop these symptoms. Hence, many paediatricians running private practices administer DtaP, which is equally effective and has a fewside effects. But it is expensive.
Source: DNA, 11th May 2012. http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_baby-dies-day-after-vaccination_1687276
One of Twins Dies One Week after Vaccination
Nine week old Stacy Sirjacobs from Belgium died one week after her routine 8 week injections.
Stacy was born one month premature by casearean section (both factors would have given her a compromised immune system, firstly because she was immature and secondly because she could not swallow vaginal bacteria during vaginal birth to colonize her mucosal immune system - this means babies born by caesarean can have poorer functioning immune systems).
Stacy also needed resusitation at birth.
Despite this, doctor's advised that Stacy be vaccinated on schedule at 8 weeks old with multiple vaccines. At the time she had a cold, however, the doctors insisted this was fine and vaccinated her and her twin sister Lesly with Prevnar (depending on the brand it would have either contained seven strains of pneumonia or 13, so it is a 7 in one or a 13 in one vaccine but most people don't realise that), a DPT (a 3 in one vaccine), polio (another 3 strain vaccine), Hepatitis B vaccine, hib vaccine and rotarix vaccine against rotavirus (gastroenteritis). That means the babies recieved anywhere from 16 to 22 vaccines contained within three injections, not lesser amounts reported in some other reports because the writers fail to take into consideration the number of strains in each vaccine.
A week after Stacy's injections she developed a fever (classic time period for the latent phase)and was given fever reducing medication by her parents. When this didn't help, they took her to hospital.
She was diagnosed with a chest and blood infection but her parents were told it was 'not serious' and doctors denied all links to her vaccines. They also said she was suffering from gastroenteritis but refused to let her parents change her soiled diapers, saying the baby needed her sleep.
Stacy then developed red spots and started to have difficulty breathing but medical staff refused to do anything and left the distressed, dying baby lying in her own excretement.
Parents begged for lumbar puncture and antibiotics but this was denied.
Shortly after, she stopped breathing and died.
Doctors pronounced her death as meningitis and sepsis (which can happen after vaccination and fever reducing medications), but they had not done a lumbar puncture to prove this.
Stacy's devastated parents are now involved in a campaign to highlight the dangers of vaccination. They said
"We are the parents of Stacy, who died a week after HER first vaccines; we are organizing a global event in honor of Stacy, Nova and all other vaccine victims worldwide. We are summoning every citizen of every country to take to the streets in their own cities, towns and villages: things must now change!"
They held a protest in their daughter's honour on 20th January 2012.
Stacy and Lesly Sirjacobs - Stacy died a week after her vaccines and left Lesly without her sister.
TO READ ABOUT STACEY'S PARENTS PROTEST, SEE HERE: http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/279543
BABY DIES IN HIS CAR SEAT ON THE WAY HOME FROM VACCINE CLINIC
Two of my kids contracted pertussis (whooping cough), one vaccinated and one unvaccinated. Interestingly, the unvaccinated daughter kicked it more easily than the vaccinated son, who struggled even a year later with coughing spells! Some may question my sanity, knowing my kids contracted whooping cough yet still sticking to the decision to not vaccinate. Well, my daughter is alive and healthy. Unfortunately my sister's nephew (on her husband's side) died in his car seat on the way home from having a DPT shot. When his mommy went to get him out of his carseat when they arrived home, her baby was dead, and all her efforts to resuscitate him were to no avail (she was a nurse). Because of this extreme reaction, my sister's children aren't allowed to have the pertussis vaccine. But, that's not a problem, since the disease is fairly easy to treat. My kids, other than the rare cold and even rarer flu, are never sick - except for the instances I mentioned (which has been spread over 28 years). I'll be honest with you, we aren't on the healthiest diet. My kids enjoy junk food and McDonald's food and Lucky Charms for breakfast - and they're STILL healthier than all their friends!"
Source: Stories of Unvaccinated children, Vaccine Injury Info. http://www.vaccineinjury.info/results-unvaccinated/personal-stories/478-i-have-9-children-four-of-them-are-fully-vaccinated.html
Toddler Suffers Cardiac Arrest after Doctor Vaccinates Him When Sick
An extremely sick toddler died in Renaix, Belgium last week after receiving his MMR vaccination from the ‘Kind en Gezin’ Child and Family Health Centre. The toddler, the second to die in Belgium in less than six months, suffered a cardiac arrest after receiving the MMR vaccination given to him by a G.P. despite warnings from his father that he was still unwell.
Xandro just 18 months was recovering from RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) a respiratory infection involving his lungs and breathing passages (1) and his father was worried that he was not well enough to receive the vaccine.
Cedric Sanspuer, Xandro’s father, told reporters that his son had remained a sick and fragile child since his illness and that he had asked the G.P. to give him a thorough examination before giving him the vaccine. According to Mr. Sanspuer, the doctor examined the toddler briefly before stating that he appeared to be a ‘bit snuffly’ but his chest was clear before giving him the vaccination which his parents now believe led to his death.
Translation of Report on Xandro's Death after MMR
The Dutch newspaper De Morgen reported today on its website, the death of Xandro in Ronse, a child of eighteen months, only a week after its vaccines made at Kind & Gezin (the Dutch equivalent of ONE ).
Kind & Gezin said the investigations into the death of this child. The parents said in the newspaper VTM that their child had died following a vaccination Child and Family but insisted it was too early to draw any conclusions about the link between the deaths and vaccination.
According to the parents of the child, it was after this consultation Kind & Gezin that the toddler suffered a cardiac arrest. The child received the injections despite fragile health had deteriorated since infection by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), contracted six months ago, parents have yet explained.
"A Kind & Gezin doctor vaccinated the child on May 25 and June 3, the child died" responded Leen Du Bois, spokesman Kind & Family. It was stressed at this stage to say that it was too early to consider that there is any connection between the deaths and vaccination. Kind & Gezin is currently in the process of analyzing this case she also said. "We will now, with all the data we have, trying to establish what really happened".
Finally, Kind & Gezin stresses that parents should not worry unnecessarily about immunizations.
Source: Initiative Citoyenne, 6th June 2012.
Two Infant Deaths after Vaccination
Three-month-old Tanujashree is the second child to die of 'adverse effects from immunisation' (AEFI), after being administered the pentavalent vaccine in Tamil Nadu since December 2011. Tanujashree, whose family lives in Arundhati Nagar near Perambur, died on Wednesday hours after she was administered the vaccine.
Earlier in January, a month after the new five-in-one vaccination project began, a three-month-old died in Kancheepuram within 24 hours of being given the injection.
The state's public health department recorded the deaths as AEFI as specified by WHO. Officials at the directorate of public health said they did not go public with it since no postmortem was done to prove the death was linked to the vaccine. "The doctor who treated the child suspected a congenital disease, but we have not been able to prove it because the family was not willing for a postmortem," said a senior health official.
Even as Tanujashree's postmortem report is yet to come, officials have ruled out vaccine as the reason for the death. "It is unlikely that the vaccine was defective because nine other children received doses from the same vial. We don't know if the child had some other problems," he said.
Tamil Nadu and Kerala are first states to administer pentavalent vaccine to 16 lakh children. The programme in Tamil Nadu began in December 2011 amidst safety and utility concerns raised by experts. Kerala, which started the programme ahead of Tamil Nadu has recorded four AEFI deaths so far. A case is pending in the Delhi high court challenging the introduction of such vaccines under the universal immunisation programme without scientific studies by the Union health ministry.
Source: The Times of India, 13th July 2012. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Two-infant-deaths-after-vaccination-in-Tamil-Nadu/articleshow/14858393.cms?intenttarget=no
Vaccinations Suspended After Baby Dies
Genesis Medical Center Pediatric Clinics suspended their use of childhood vaccines. The decision comes after a baby received routine vaccinations on Tuesday, then died several hours later at home. Genesis Health Group says its suspending pediatric vaccinations merely as a precaution until the cause of the baby's death can be determined.
Tuesday morning a 4-month-old baby boy came to the Genesis East Pediatrics Clinic in Silvis for a routine checkup that included several vaccinations. The seemingly healthy baby boy was brought in for a "well baby" visit, that's a check up that includes routine vaccinations like pneumonia, and DPT, which is for diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus. Then Tuesday night his parents found him dead with no obvious cause for his death. Now all childhood vaccinations at Genesis clinics in Silvis, Bettendorf and Davenport have been temporarily suspended. A Genesis spokesman says hospital administration have no reason to believe the vaccines caused the baby's death, but they want to be overly cautious.
"They'll be a coroner's examination of the baby and we'll get a report. At that time we'll most likely resume our vaccinations, because we don't think there was a link between them and the child passing," says Craig Cooper, Genesis Health Group spokesman.
Genesis has also sent the batch of vaccines the boy received off to the Food and Drug Administration and to the makers of the vaccines for testing. This is the first time Genesis has ever suspended pediatric vaccinations at it's clinics. We'll continue to bring you the latest as Genesis finds answers.
By Kia Carter, http://www.wqad.com/Global/story.asp?S=8613656&nav=1sW7
Five Week Old Foster Baby Dies From Vaccine Reaction
Five week old Zaire Knott, who was in foster care after being removed from his mother at birth, died after he was given a series of vaccinations.
A DYFS aide bringing newborn Zaire Knott from the clinic to the office on
Halsey Street noticed the infant was having trouble breathing and was bleeding from his nose. The aide rushed the boy inside DYFS District Office #1, where an in-house nurse urgently gave the newborn cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Although the nurse was assisted by emergency medical technicians who managed to regain a pulse, the baby died in the office at 12:46 p.m.
A statement from the Newark Police Department said a DYFS worker drove the baby to the hospital.
"An exact cause of death will be determined at a later date pending the results of an autopsy," according to the police statement. DYFS officials suspect the immunizations for hepatitis B and polio "caused the distress or some sort of reaction,"
"We'll review the circumstances, but it sounds like a medical complication. We'll look at exactly what was done after they discovered the baby was
Susan Morrison, from the Claramaass Medical Centre in Belleville, said
It is standard for a 5-week-old to get several
vaccinations, such as hepatitis B, according to the recommended childhoodand adolescence immunization schedule provided by the
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.'
The DYFS transportation aide had picked up the boy from the clinic for a scheduled visit with his birth mother atthe district office. DYFS
workers were distraught over the baby's death, said Hetty Rosenstein, president of Communications Workers of America Local 1037, which
represents most employees in that office."I have never seen more wrecked people," she said. The workers have been offered grief counseling, which will continue today.
The foster mother, a resident of Newark who has cared for the boy since he left the hospital after his Sept. 16 birth, also will
receive bereavement counseling.
Source: Star Ledger, 21st October 2005.
Baby Dies After DPT Vaccine
A two-month-old baby boy died within 10 hours of being administered a shot of DPT vaccine at a medical camp in Srikakulam district on Wednesday.
The boy, Savara Praveen, died at his home in Savara Jhoudupally of the Maoist-infested Meliaput mandal, about 175 km from the district headquarters, on the Orissa border. The infant was among 15 others who were given a DPT shot on Wednesday morning. But sources said the boy was given hepatitis-B vaccine along with the DPT shot.
Family members said Praveen started frothing at the mouth, turned blue and died around 5.30 pm. Sources said Praveen, who was born on June 2, was administered the vaccination by a health worker of Asha. The boy's parents -- Savara Janu and Annapoorna -- are farm labourers belonging to the tribal community.
The child was doing well for the first few hours after the vaccination, but cried a lot in the afternoon, and by evening, he died. What worsened the matter was that there was no provision to take the baby boy to a nearby hospital. "We did not plan for an ambulance or medical support," a health official said, adding that it was supposed to be a routine programme of immunisation where nearly 10,000 kids were given the DPT shots.
Source: India Today, August 2008.
Editor's Comment: That is medical malpractice because facilities should always be present to cope with emergencies after vaccination, for instance, adrenaline. Even though many children have no noticeable affects, doctors know vaccines can kill
So to vaccinate knowing that they can't get children to the hospital is in my opinion, criminal.
Severe Allergic Reaction to Pertussis Vaccine
In May 2004, my normal, healthy 2-month-old niece received the combined vaccine for diptheria, tetanus and pertussis. When she got home, she fell into a deep sleep for three hours. When she woke up, she proceeded to scream — an intense, blood-curdling scream — for three hours non-stop, and she would not be consoled.
She recovered, but in July 2004, at her 4-month appointment, she got the shot again. That evening, when my sister-in-law changed the baby’s diaper, my niece went completely limp. Her eyes were unresponsive. She began wheezing and having a hard time breathing and developed a fever. My brother and sister-in-law took her to the emergency room, and again she recovered except for a slight fever.
She was fine for 10 days, and then it all happened again. So they took her to the doctor and he admitted her to the hospital, where they monitored her all night. She continued to struggle with responsiveness until the next day. Finally, the doctor contacted a specialist and concluded that it was a reaction to the pertussis vaccination.
Parents who have taken their babies to doctors know that they will be encouraged to vaccinate their children. It makes sense, since the vaccines are produced for the purpose of defending our children from a host of mild to outright deadly diseases. I appreciate all doctors and nurses, who spend thousands of dollars and years of training to fight for our health and good quality of life.
I am scared to death for Alaska’s children, who face not only a massive vaccine schedule but also a future of ever-increasing vaccines, with no set limit. When is it ever going to be enough? There are warning labels for every shot, with possible severe, debilitating side-effects, and today’s babies get several in one appointment.
Being a parent isn’t easy. It’s always a good idea to read labels and ingredients on products that enter a child’s body, especially a vulnerable baby. I think most people would be shocked and surprised at what they discover. How nice it would be if doctors would actually educate parents about the not-so-rare side effects of vaccinations.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires a warning label on all vaccinations. Below are specific examples of some warnings from the CDC and/or drug manufacturers.
For the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine —
• Any child who had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of DTaP should not get another dose.
• Any child who suffered a brain or nervous system disease seven days after a dose of DTaP should not get another dose.
• Talk with your doctor if your child: Had a seizure or collapsed after a dose of DTaP, cried non-stop for three hours or more after a dose of DTaP or had a fever of over 105 degrees Fahrenheit after a dose of DTaP.
Source: newsminer.com, by Pam Samash, 28 December 2009.
10 Deaths Linked to Flu Vaccine
TEN deaths have been linked to the nation's flu immunisation program since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, including elderly patients and unborn babies.
The CSL flu vaccine, Panvax -- which taxpayers spent $131 million stockpiling for the 2009 swine flu outbreak -- triggered 1716 adverse-event reports, including seven deaths.
Source: The Australian, 3rd August 2012. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/deaths-linked-to-anti-flu-vaccines/story-e6frg8y6-1226441791947
3 Babies Die after Hepatitis B Vaccine
Three children today died following complications allegedly after they were administered Hepatitis B vaccine at a local hospital, police said.
Activists of an NGO administered the vaccine to 24 children yesterday and of them 15 developed complications like vomiting and fever.
They were rushed to the taluk hospital and three died today, police said.
Those who were suffering from complications are undergoing treatment, District Health Officer Dr Srikant Basur said.
The deceased were in the age group of 18 months and two years.
Following the death of their children, their parents lodged a police complaint and a FIR has been registered, police said.
Hospet Taluk Assistant Commissioner D R Ashok Kumar banned the activities of the private NGO and directed it not to continue with the vaccination programme till further orders.
Tourism Minister Anand Singh ordered an inquiry into the deaths and announced Rs 50,000 compensation to each of the bereaved families.
Government will meet the treatment expenses.
Source: The Financial Express, 9th August 2012 -
45 Day Old Baby Dies after Hepatitis B vaccine bringing the Death Toll to Four
One more child died today due to suspected complications following administering of Hepatitis B vaccine at a local hospital, taking the toll to four in similar cases in Karnataka in the last two days.
According to police, 45-day old baby girl Dhanya Gopal Siddi died of "serious health complications" that arose after being administered the vaccine at a primary health centre in Kalache in Uttara Kannada District.
"Samples of the vaccine are being sent to a laboratory to ascertain whether it was spurious. Meanwhile, District Health Officer has visited the PHC and is looking into the case", police said.
Three children died yesterday following similar complications after they were administered Hepatitis B vaccination at a local hospital in Hospet in Bellary district.
Source: NDTV, 10th August 2012 - http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/45-day-old-baby-dies-after-being-given-hepatitis-b-vaccine-253652
4 children die, 12 taken ill after receiving vaccination
Four infants died today in Doti district of western Nepal after receiving anti-measles vaccines from district health office.
The deceased were identified as Anju BK, Gauri Chiral, Milan Damai and Sujata Nepali of a village in the district. They died today, a day after a local health assistant administered anti-measles drugs to them yesterday.
The exact cause of the death could not be established, according to officials.
Twelve other children who received the drug have also fallen ill, according to the district health office.
A medical team has been dispatched from the capital to the affected area for carrying out investigation.
Source: Business Standard, 21st August 2012 - http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/4-children-die-12-taken-ill-after-receiving-vaccination/46502/
4 Babies Die - Another News Report on the Above Cases
Four infants between nine and 14 months have died within 24 hours after they were administered measles and DPT vaccines at a village in Doti district.
The parents of the deceased said their children showed signs of pallor and vomited profusely a few hours after receiving the vaccinations, but district health officials said it was too early to conclude that the deaths were linked to the vaccines.
Senior Public Health Officer at District Health Office Mahendra Dhowj Adhikari informed that the four infants were administered vaccines at the Deuledanda vaccination centre by health personnel from Kadamandau Sub-health post on Sunday.
The deceased have been identified as Hira Damai’s 14-month-old son Milan, Suntali Nepali’s one-year-old daughter Sujata, Indari Chiral’s nine-month-old daughter Gauri and Pashupati BK’s 10-month-old daughter Manju. While Manju, Milan and Sujata were administered measles vaccine, Gauri was vaccinated against DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus).
Suntali, mother of one of the deceased, complained that her daughter’s body and face had started swelling a few hours after receiving the injection. “She vomited continuously and turned pale.”
“It has not been established whether the vaccines had anything to do with the deaths,” said Ramswartha Yadav, supervisor of the health camp in Sanagaun, where the children were vaccinated. “If there were indeed a connection between the deaths and the vaccines, then other children would have also shown similar symptoms, why only four?”
Dr Sandip Shrestha of District Health Office said the there might have been some negligence on the part of the health workers while preparing the vaccine. “We have started an investigation into the incident,” he added. Health workers said the vaccines were to be administered within six hours after they were taken out of storage.
The health office stated that the campaign was being conducted in the whole district, but complaints were not reported from other places. Maternal health worker Amrita Bogati, who had administered the vaccines, could not be reached.
Kin demands probe
DOTI: At midday on Monday, maternity health worker Amrita Bogati came to Uttam Chiral’s home to administer vaccines to children. She gave a measles vaccine to my one-year-old niece Gauri. After a few hours, Gauri started vomiting and showed signs of diarrhoea. Her condition had deteriorated till the evening. “I had heard that it was normal for children to have fever after receiving a vaccine. But, unfortunately, she passed away at around 9 pm. I suspect my niece’s death is linked to the vaccine,” says Chiral. A team from the district headquarters arrived on Tuesday. It has not spoken about the connection between the deaths and the vaccination programme. “I urge the government to launch a probe into the incident,” Chiral told THT.
Source: The Himalayan, 21st August 2012 - http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Four+infants+die+after++vaccination&NewsID=344395
Immunization side-effects claimed 133 childrens lives in 2011
NEW DELHI: Around 133 children died last year due to adverse effects following immunization (AEFI).
Minister of state for health Sudip Bandhopadhyay admitted on Friday said that six of those deaths occurred due to programme errors, while four others died of vaccine reaction.
Around 56 deaths have been termed "unclassifiable", and 67 were termed "coincidental."
In comparison, 138 children had died of AEFI in 2010. The death figures till last year had persistently risen. There were 111 and 116 deaths in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
India has one of the world's largest universal immunization programme, targeting 2.6 crore children who are born every year. Each child is given four vaccinations in addition to vaccinations at birth. About 90 lakh vaccination sessions are held every year, where more than 25 crore vaccine doses of seven antigens like diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, BCG, Hepatitis B and polio are administered.
Bandhopadhyay said, "AEFI including deaths are being reported due to strengthening of the AEFI sdystem. AEFI are monitored by the government to build confidence of the community in the immunization programme as all serious AEFI including deaths following immunization may not be related to vaccination."
Talking about measures being taken up by the ministry, the minister said, "guidelines for AEFI were revised in 2010 and have been disseminated. Training of officers associated with immunization have been carried out so that AEFI deaths due to programmatic errors are minimized."
Vaccination programme is carried out both in health facilities and door-to-door outreach sessions in every village.
Booster doses are also given at the age of one and a half years and five years. Besides, supplementary immunization activities are carried out periodically.
Source: Times of India, 25th August 2012 -