July, 23 2013 11:46:00

Babies' post-vaccination deaths down to 'shock'

Ha Noi Department of Health inspectors check vaccines and equipment at the Phung Chau Commune Medical Station in Chuong My District. The check was prompted by the problems in the recent vaccination activities. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
HA NOI  (VNS)— Three new-born babies who died in central Quang Tri Province last Saturday after being vaccinated against hepatitis B were victims of anaphylactic shock, an inspection group under the Ministry of Health has said.

The inspectorate has claimed that vaccine management at the General Hospital of Huong Hoa District in Quang Tri was sub-standard, with insufficient records being kept and no designated room for vaccinations.

The group has asked for samples of the vaccines to further investigate their quality. It has also asked for blood and organ samples of the victims to seek further clues as to what went wrong.

According to inspectors, around 600,000 doses of this type of vaccine had been used previously without incident. The vaccine had been examined and licensed for use by the National Institute for Control of Vaccine and Biologicals.

The Ministry of Health's Drug Administration had requested the suspension of use for the two hepatitis B vaccine batches related to the incident in Quang Tri, said Truong Quoc Cuong, the administration's head.

According to the Nguoi lao dong (The Labourers) newspaper, another baby in central Binh Thuan Province's Tuy Phong District also died after vaccination against hepatitis B on Sunday. The cause of the death was still unknown, but it was reported that the dose came from a different batch of vaccines to those used in Quang Tri. – VNS

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