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85-day-old child dies hours after vaccination

85-day-old child dies hours after vaccination

Tamil Nadu
The Hindu
August 16, 2008

An 85-day old boy died hours after he received the second dose of oral polio vaccine and DPT vaccine at the Alangulam Primary Health Centre on Wednesday.

According to Anantharaj and Vasantha of Kidaarakulam, they took their son A.P. Selvam to the PHC, where the vaccine was administered at 11.30 a.m. as per the records. The boy, after being vaccinated, developed breathing trouble, and they took him to the PHC again. As per PHC records, the child was brought in at 1:40 p.m. frothing at the mouth. The PHC doctors referred the boy to the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital. He died in the evening.

Deputy Director (Health Services), Sankarankovil, Shanmugasundaram said though 54 other children were administered the DPT vaccine on Wednesday, only Selvam developed breathing trouble. Nine other children had received their shots from the same vial that was used on Selvam. The body has been sent for post-mortem.

Director of Public Health S. Elango said it was unlikely that death was caused due to vaccination, considering that no other child was affected. The post-mortem results would reveal the cause of death. Dr. Shanmugasundaram said he suspected that the baby was fed in a wrong position by the mother since milk was flowing from his nose even as he was rushed to the hospital. “Milk aspiration” could have caused the death.

GlaxoSmithKline’s experimental vaccine may have killed 14 children

UK Mail
August 18, 2008

Authorities in Argentina are investigating whether there is a link between the deaths of 14 children and an experimental vaccine.

The children took Synflorix as part of a clinical trial run by the British pharmaceutical company Glaxo-SmithKline.

It has been developed to fight pneumonia, ear infections and several other pneumococcal diseases.

Dr Marchesse said some illiterate parents were not told that the vaccine given to their children was experimental (posed by model)

Argentina’s National Medicine, Food and Medical Technology Administration is examining whether there the vaccine is connected in any way with the youngsters’ deaths.

A U. S. spokesman for GSK, Sarah Alspach, said the company did not believe the deaths were linked to the vaccine.

Synflorix is also being tested in Panama, Chile and some European countries, but it is not being tested in Britain.

Miss Alspach said that an independent board monitoring participants’ safety recommended that the Latin American trials be temporarily suspended, but then gave its approval for tests to resume.

’We rely on their safety review,’ she said. ’Safety is our primary concern, always, with the development of any new treatment.’

More than 19,000 babies have received at least one dose of Synflorix, which GSK plans to test on a total of 24,000 infants, she said.

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