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Vaccine didn't cause baby's death, says officials

Update: May, 13/2015 - 12:17
The BCG vaccine that was used for the baby was sealed for examination. — Photo
THANH HOA (VNS) — The Department of Preventive Medicine has confirmed that there was no connection between the quality of a vaccine and the death of a 13-day-old boy in Thanh Hoa Province last week.

On May 8, the baby boy was taken to the communal clinic of Xuan Thang Commune, Tho Xuan District, Thanh Hoa Province to receive his BCG vaccination.

The baby first underwent routine skin testing and was reported fine after the normal 30 minute waiting period. He was then injected with the vaccine at about 8am.

According to members of the family, the baby started to cry at 11am and was then breastfed. An hour later, he developed breathing problems and was taken to the clinic, where he became unconscious. When the family took him to the General Hospital of Tho Xuan District, doctors said the baby had died.

On the same day, 283 other children were vaccinated with the same vaccination and showed no signs of distress.

A sample of the vaccination, however, was taken for testing and forensic examination. The Professional Consultants' Council on Complications During Vaccination has since concluded that the cause of the baby's death remains unknown and there was no connection between the death and his having been vaccinated. — VNS

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