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Vaccine did not cause baby death: health department

Update: July, 01/2015 - 15:43
A baby is vaccinated at a health clinic in the central Da Nang City. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau

HA NOI (VNS) — An investigation has shown that vaccination did not cause the death of a three-month-old boy in the central Da Nang City, the health ministry's preventive medicine department said today.

The baby had died a few hours after being vaccinated at a local health clinic.

The department said the baby died as he was born prematurely and had low birth weight.

A report of the city's department of health showed that at 2pm on June 26, the baby boy was vaccinated with the 5-in-1 Quinvaxem vaccine, and was also administered the oral polio vaccine at Hoa Minh Commune's health clinic.

The baby's health was stable when he was checked 30 minutes after the vaccination. His family was advised about his care during the next 24 hours.

A representative from the baby's family said six hours after being vaccinated, the baby developed flu, turned pale and started bleeding from the nose and mouth. The baby died later, despite efforts being taken to save him.

The baby was born at 34 weeks and weighed 1.4kg at birth.

On the same day, more than 3,730 newborns were vaccinated with the same Quinvaxem vaccine and they were in stable condition. — VNS

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