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Three-month-old dies after vaccination

Update: June, 30/2015 - 18:40
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DA NANG — Medical sector in the central city of Da Nang is investigating a case in which a three-month baby died after receiving vaccination at a medical centre in Lien Chieu District on Saturday morning.

Deputy director of the city's health department, Ngo Thi Kim Yen, said the baby boy from Hoa Minh ward was administered a 5-in-1 vaccine (against five diseases: polio, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenza B (Hib), Quinvaxem, at the ward's medical centre on Friday (June 26), and was healthy while leaving the centre.

This is the first such case to be reported in the city.

According to the baby's family, Pham Nguyen Quoc Bao developed a slight fever five hours after the injection on June 26, but his temperature dropped later.

However, the boy again had a high fever (about 38 degrees C) around 7.30am next morning and was given a painkiller.

However, 30 minutes later, he started bleeding from his nose and mouth and died.

Yen said a council of members from the department, forensic medicine centre, Pasteur-Nha Trang Institute, the city's Preventive Medicine Centre, and Paediatric and Obstetrics Hospital, as well as Da Nang General Hospital have made an initial conclusion that the boy did not die due to vaccination.

She pointed out that the Quivaxem vaccine, which the boy was injected with, was part of a batch of 3,733 injections given to all babies during the city's vaccination programme on June 25 and 26. Only two babies reported slight fever after the injection but are healthy after the two-day vaccination.

The deputy director of the city's health department also said the family did not agree for a forensic surgery on the boy, which could reveal the cause of his death.

She said the final announcement on the boy's death will be made later today. — VNS


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